How do we address the concerns of various scholars who have reported on the opportunities and challenges of the MDGs? Scholars such as Paul Coullier, Dambisa Moyo, Jeffrey Sachs, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson just to mention but a few who have expressed their evidence-based opinion on International Aid and its effectiveness for the developing world.

The Kenyan author Dambisa Moyo is convinced that Aid does not benefit the intended beneficiaries and Paul Coullier appeals to the International Donor Community that Aid can benefit the intended beneficiaries if it is delivered in the form of a Marshall Plan. Jeffrey Sachs argue that Aid is the only way to end poverty in the developing world whilst Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclude that without the fundamentals for good governance, Nations will continue to fail no matter the amount of Aid support.


I am a development practitioner and one of my life goals is to be remembered for my passionate contribution to developing Africa, my homeland. After a critical impact-based analysis of the scholarly debate around the subject of International Aid and its contribution to ending poverty for the developing world, I am encouraged to conclude that International Aid money can significantly contribute to ending poverty when Aid Organizations and their Staff ensure that at least half of Aid money they receive gets to the target beneficiaries. In my personal judgement, to achieve this will require the new SDGs to consider as a first goal “to ensure that at least half of global aid money gets to the intended beneficiaries”. However, this missing goal within the SDGs, justify the SDGs weak overarching goal to achieve “The Future We Want” instead of in my opinion “The Future We Need”.


I am convinced that Aid can imprison and sentence poverty to death if it is well spent. To proof my conviction that Aid money works for the poor, I founded Kalabash Aid as a National Ghanaian NGO with the mandate to receive Aid money and apply it on projects that benefit beneficiaries and not Aid workers and Aid organizations. Over the past years of active work, I can testify based on the evidence of impact analysis, that when 85% of Aid money goes to the target beneficiaries, the impact on beneficiary development is geometric and the time frame to achieve “The Future We Want” (SDGs Goal) could be shorter. I encourage your organization to partner with Kalabash Aid to ensure 70% of your donation gets to the target beneficiaries across Africa to develop poor and marginalized Africans.

(Justin Abavere ADONADAGA, Founder and CEO of Kalabash Aid) 


Kalabash Aid is a Ghanaian company founded in 2007 as a local NGO and later gained License from the Department of Social Welfare in 2015 under the Registrar General of Companies Code 1963 (Act 179) as a National Non-Governmental Organization (NNGO) with Registered Number C0005141575.

Kalabash Aid is established to support the government of Ghana to develop and manage water and sanitation; nature conservation; rural smallholder cooperative agriculture enterprises; public health; education access, enrollment and retention; women empowerment; rural tourism and sports for peaceful rural communities.

Water and sanitation service delivery include providing boreholes, community and small-town mechanized water systems and on-site sanitation toilet facilities for low-income communities (LICs) in urban slums and rural areas of Ghana; the sustainable operations and management of WASH facilities in conformity with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Water Association (IWA) 2004 guidelines for Water Safety Plans (WSP).

Nature conservation capture forest plantations establishment and rehabilitation, support programs for surrounding communities to promote conservation of Nature Parks.

Farmer access to weather forecasting applications, agriculture extension support for smallholder farmers, input support, insurance and supply chain linkages to increase farm-gate commodity price and reduce post-harvest losses are key focus areas under the agriculture enterprise development component of the NGO.

Women Empowerment component includes support for rural women to start or expand venture capital activities for profit.

Public Health Awareness Education to prevent Malaria, Diarrhoea, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs) Mother-Child HIV; Hepatitis, and Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis (CSM) are components of great concern under the public health support Programme of the NGO.


The NGO is headquartered in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana. The NGO has an office in Airport Residential Area in Accra.


Kalabash Ghana has a well spelt out constitution that governs its code of conduct


  1. Kalabash Ghana implement projects that are presented, owned, and would be controlled by the people who will directly benefit from them
  2. Kalabash Ghana implement projects that will address the long-term corrections of conditions that keep people bound in poverty
  3.  Kalabash Ghana implement projects that are sensitive to the environment
  4. Kalabash Ghana works with an alliance of people who are socially and economically underprivileged so that our support may bring some control and improvement over their livelihood.


The NGO has five advisory board members who also use their high networks and reputation to solicit collaboration and funding for the NGO locally and internationally