Strategic Youth Network Development  
 
 

CORPORATE PROFILE (SYND)

 


Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) is a registered youth-led network civil society organization in Ghana which focuses primarily on deepening good environmental governance. Our operational work involves tracking and contributing towards environment-related policies as well as formulation and implementation of programs, projects and activities from community to national level.


VISION


To help achieve environmental sustainability through the development and active participation of young people in managing the environment through policy formulation, programs planning and implementation of projects and activities to sustain society.

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Influencing environmental policies positively from the youth perspective
  • Assisting decision makers to planning and implementation of environmental framework, programs and projects satisfactorily
  • Working locally and nationally with area businesses, community leaders and neighbors to improve the environmental well being of our community that creates cleaner and safer neighborhoods.
  • Dedicated to environmental improvements that foster a sustainable future.


THEMATIC FOCUS OF WORK

  1. Climate Change

Climate change basically is a significant and lasting change in the weather patterns over periods. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is largely caused by human-induced alterations of the natural world leading to global warming.

  1. Biological Diversity (Biodiversity)

Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or an entire planet. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems. Biodiversity is in part a function of climate. The period since the emergence of humans has displayed an ongoing biodiversity reduction and an accompanying loss of genetic diversity.

The United Nations designated 2011-2020 as the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.

  1. Land Degradation

Land degradation is a process in which the value of the biophysical environment is affected by one or more combination of human-induced processes acting upon the land. It is viewed as any change or disturbance to the land perceived to be deleterious or undesirable. Natural hazards are excluded as a
cause; however human activities can indirectly affect phenomena such as floods and bushfires.

  1. Water and Sanitation

Access to safe drinking water is essential to humans and other life forms but approximately one billion people still lack access to safe water and over 2.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. However, some observers have estimated that by 2025 more than half of the world population will be facing water-based vulnerability.

Sanitation is the hygienic means of promoting health through prevention of human contact with the hazards of wastes. Hazards can be physical, microbiological, biological or chemical agents of disease. Wastes that can cause health problems are human and animal feces, solid wastes, domestic wastewater (sewage, sullage, greywater), industrial wastes and agricultural wastes. Hygienic means of prevention can be by using engineering solutions (e.g. sewerage and wastewater treatment), simple technologies (e.g. latrines, septic tanks), or even by personal hygiene practices (e.g. simple handwashing with soap).

The World Health Organization states that "Sanitation generally refers to the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human urine and feces. Inadequate sanitation is a major cause of disease world-wide and improving sanitation is known to have a significant beneficial impact on health both in households and across communities. The word 'sanitation' also refers to the maintenance of hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection and wastewater disposal”.


VALUES

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Creativity



OUR APPROACH


We address the subject of youth development by taking into consideration two important aspects – extrinsic and intrinsic factors.

Intrinsic factors suggest that we deal directly with youth as individuals through various outreach programs or initiatives. We enable youth to discover and develop their talents through several stages which are based on key leadership principles.

Extrinsic factors deals with the environment in which the youth find themselves. We provide opportunity for the youth to contribute meaningfully in decision-making processes and government policies that directly or indirectly affect them. We conduct research in various aspects concerning youth for the attention of development partners, donors, civil society organizations and governments, which are critical for global development.

 
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