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|Who we are|
Microsfere is a non-profit, apolitical and non-confessional NGO that was created in October 2007 in order to support rural development and biodiversity conservation in emerging countries.
In this section you can find information about our Objective, Work, Operation methods, Accounts and our Team.
Microsfere’s aim is to improve the livelihoods of rural people living around areas that are protected for their ecological value in developing countries, and notably in West Africa. This allows to decrease people’s dependence on protected natural resources and thus to contribute to biodiversity conservation. The main tool we are using is microcredit, which is nowadays renowned to be one of the best performing instruments to combat poverty. Microsfere proposes small solutions for long-lasting results.
The people targeted by our project have very low revenues, low life expectancy, high illiteracy rates and are excluded from the classic banking system because of their low revenues and their lack of financial guarantees. The projects proposed by Microsfere allow the beneficiaries to develop their commercial or agricultural activity and to increase their capacity building.
The specific measures implemented by Microsfere are:
For more information on what we have achieved so far, please check our News and events page.
Microsfere has three offices: its headquarters in France, near Lyon, are responsible for the project coordination, links with donors and communication development. In Ghana, our main office is near the Kakum National Park (Abrafo village – Central region) while a second office is located in the Amansuri wetland (Beyin village – Eastern region). The two local offices host the field personnel of Microsfere in charge for the project implementation and the contacts with the beneficiaries and the local partners.
In order to be more efficient and to reduce administrative costs, Microsfere relies partly on existing structures that are key stakeholders in the implementation of the projects on the field. Microsfere works in collaboration with: Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, Ghana Wildlife Society (national organisations responsible for the management of Kakum and Amansuri respectively), Kakum Rural Bank, Jomoro Rural Bank (local microfinance institutions).
Each partner focuses in its own fields of competence:
Microsfere is committed in the transparency of its fund management and of its accounts vis-à-vis its beneficiaries as well as its partners and donors. It has put into place the necessary mechanisms to provide all required guarantees of proof of its good management.
The annual financial resources of the NGO come from memberships and donations.
Our annual accounts are controlled by a chartered accountant’s office and are available for public consultation upon request.
The M’ team