As the President of the Democratic Youngsters Foundation (DYF), my mission is to push forward the Board
of Director’s policy agenda set out in the strategic development plan to contribute not only to the achievement of
the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but also those of the National Development Planning Commission of
The world is witnessing a revolution in its approach to development. People, institutions and governmental and
non-governmental organizations including civil societies have realized that respect for human rights and attention to
basic health needs are fundamental to any development agenda.
Human rights abuses of all kinds, especially violence against women and girls, have become everyday occurrence.
At least, one out of every ten women in Ghana has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her life
time. Perhaps, the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today bothers on lack of skills training for
the youth, which is a threat to national peace and security in terms of unemployment, armed robbery and
On health issues, the problem of poor sanitation is still with us. Silted gutters, mountains of refuse dump, and
non-adherence to common health and sanitation practices are the bane of both rich and poor. Environmental
degradation by way of deforestation, water pollution, soil and farmlands destruction through the activities mostly
of illegal mining concerns have bedeviled our communities in unimaginable proportions.
Sexual and reproductive health is important at every stage of our lives. Yet too many people have been denied
their right to reproductive health information of which the vast majorities are young women in developing countries.
In Ghana, young women lack access to sexual and reproductive health information and services they need to
choose their family size and improve their own lives. Many more young women in Ghana are living with HIV and
other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that could have been easily prevented.
The DYF has therefore set itself to churn out programmes that are geared at progressively helping to reduce such
social and economic cankers that have rendered developing countries’ economies mere theatrical platforms.
Miss Akosua Serwaa
President/Chief Executive Officer