The Authority is committed to ensuring that its operations and activities remain relevant, competitive and agile in the power sector. Key to the implementation of this strategy is the championing of variable solutions that the strengthening of existing partnerships between the Authority and impacted communities within areas of operation of the Authority. Combined efforts, in 1995, with the Ghana Government realized the establishment of a special fund known as the VRA Resettlement Trust Fund, aimed at providing socio-economic interventions and economic empowerment solutions to 52-resettlement townships as approved by the Managing Trustees. VRA continues to contribute annually an equivalent of five hundred thousand United States Dollars (US$500,000) to the fund towards poverty alleviation initiatives for the people living in the 52-resettlement townships.
In addition to this fund, VRA has devoted extra resources to its CSR programme intended at improving standards of living through the provision of employability and entrepreneurial skills set to persons living within the impacted communities. Thus, the Community Relations Unit was established in 2003 to endear a stable relationship with communities affected by its operations and provide solutions to problems that were not catered for under the Resettlement Trust Fund.
Community Development Initiatives
In 2012, the VRA launched a CSR programme called the Community Development Programme (CDP) in the communities impacted by its operations. The CDP represents a common ground for cooperation and partnership between VRA and the communities on the identification and provision of solutions to critical areas that stimulate economic and human capital development. The programme is also aimed at the development and implementation of social and economic activities in all communities and transformation of these communities into 'opportunity communities'.
The Authority has provided interventions in the areas of:
- Education: Scholarships and internship opportunities have been provided to brilliant but needy students of impacted communities. Beneficiaries comprise two hundred and thirty-four (234) senior high school level and forty-five (45) tertiary level students. VRA again provided the Kpone Community Senior School with science laboratory equipment valued at twenty five thousand cedis (GHc 25,000).
- Sanitation: VRA has provided over 60 biofil sanitation facilities in the South Tongu, Shama and Manya Krobo Districts. These facilities are part of preventive measures deployed towards disease eradication in communities along the Lower Volta Basin. The Authority in collaboration with the Maji Foundation has provided solar powered mechanized borehole water facilities in five communities. Marginal reductions have been recorded in prevalence rates in bilharzia endemic communities along the Basin.
- Health: The Authority through its Schistosomiasis Control Programme undertakes a Mass Drug Administration Programme frequently in communities along the Volta Basin. Studies by the Ghana Health Service in 2018, showed a reduction in the prevalence levels of Urinary Schistosomiasis over the previous year in forty-two (42) communities within six districts namely - South, North and Central Tongu, South Dayi, Ada East and Shai Osudoku districts.
- Disease Eradication: The Authority maintains collaborative efforts with Asuogyaman District Health Management Team in the eradication of malaria, bilharzia and other water borne diseases. These activities are guided by a Memorandum of Understanding that details plans for the eradication of Malaria with support from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication.
The VRA has earned an excellent reputation through its diverse CSR intitiatives and activities, which as at its core the intense motivation to help the society, while creating and enhancing business value, and increasing power generation through diversity to support the development of the Ghanaian economy.