Who: SIGN (School feeding Initiative Ghana-Netherlands) is set up for (Dutch) organizations that wish to make a contribution to development co-operation in Ghana by supporting the Ghana home-grown School Feeding Programme (GSFP).
What: SIGN consists of:
- SIGN platform. Organizations from all areas of Dutch society are members of the platform: government, civil society, trade and industry, and science.
- SIGN board. Consists of four representatives of the platform, plus an independent observer representing the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- SIGN secretariat. Consists of a director and a project officer who are responsible for communication and co-ordination within SIGN.
In the coming yearS, the organization will be expanded through the establishment of supporting, theme-related working parties in the areas of agriculture and water and sanitation.
Where: The secretariat is located within the Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (Royal Tropical Institute) in Amsterdam.
When: The SIGN platform was established in July 2005; GSFP started in October 2005 with ten pilot schools; August 2006 saw the installation of the SIGN co-ordinator, and; on 3 October 2006 SIGN was established as a foundation under Dutch law.
Why: It is the aim of SIGN to contribute to the realization of the UN Millennium Development Goals 1 and 2, through co-ordinated 1-to-1 collaboration between Ghana and the Netherlands.
How: SIGN aims to mobilize funding and expertise in order to enable the successful execution of the GSFP in Ghana.