The Representative Council of Ghanaian Organizations in the Netherlands (RECOGIN) is an umbrella organization embracing about 48 Ghanaian Self-Organizations and churches. RECOGIN was registered with the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce and inaugurated in 1993. It has since continued to develop the democratic instruments to strengthen its structure. Recogin owns the Ghanaian Community Foundation Netherlands (SGGN), which is the administrative arm of the RECOGIN Council.
Sources of Funding
The District Council of Amsterdam South-East is one of the sources of funding for Recogin. Other sources are through the implementation of projects and incidental activities. Funds, which are solicited from charity organizations and sponsors, have enabled Recogin to make significant progress in the fields of empowerment, capacity building, representation and network forming with relevant sub-groups. Recogin Associations also contribute to some special projects plan for the Ghanaian community and some of its vision to help the development of Ghana.
Associations that are affilliated to Recogin operate independently and get support from Recogin whenever the need arises. Recogin organizes periodical workshops, symposia and conferences, to inform the general population of Ghanaians in the Netherlands through the associations and through the various committees of Recogin. These activities inform and educate Ghanaians about significant developments in the Netherlands and also to discuss issues related to migrants in the Netherlands.
Empowerment and Capacity Building
The activities of Recogin have expanded over the years and new developments in our organization have brought about many changes. Recogin carries out activities in the field of ICT and Dutch language training (Oudkomers Plan), social and economic issues, sports, media and counseling for vulnerable groups or individuals. Recogin has desk officers who see to the needs of the individual affected in various ways in the country.
Recogin sees itself as a champion of getting Ghanaian youth to educate, train and create sustainable job opportunities in the Netherlands. Through the Recogin Youth Chapter, Recogin is supporting the mobilization, stimulation and capacity building for all the Ghanaian youth in selected fields to emancipate our youth in sustainable activities that benefits them.