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World Vision International (WVI) has opened its first Shared Services Centre (SSC) in Ghana to provide high quality transactions in finance, procurement and information technology to its 15 National Offices and offices across the world.

The SSC, which is the first expansion in Africa with two others in Costa Rica and Philippines, would improve effectiveness in the partnership by executing business processes with greater scale and efficiency.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Accra, Mr John Sparks, Senior Director of Shared Services Operations and Implementation at WVI, explained that, the SSC office offered Invoice Creation, Payment Run, Master Data Maintenance and Customer Support services, creating an average of 2,200 invoices per month for 11 countries in Africa.

He said the new-shared office would perform finance transactions and quality control for photographs and videos for World Vision customers in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Mr Sparks said there were plans for expansion to new processes and new customers in the future, adding that, it formed part of the organisation’s global restructuring to focus its ministry for rapid process and greater results.

Mr Emmanuel Baba Mahama, Board Chairman of World Vision Ghana (WVG), said the organisation, over the 39 years of it operations, had worked to improve the livelihood of its people, especially children.

He said WVG had helped transition many from absolute poverty and towards lives free of need and full of promise.

“We are working fervently to bring extreme poverty to an end by 2030. But this will happen only if this progress reaches the children still struggling in difficult places around the world.

“Our strategy is a promise to vulnerable children. At World Vision, we will relentlessly pursue our vision for every child, life in all its fullness and our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so,” he said.

As part of its health interventions, the Board Chairman said WVG had adopted projects, including Community Health Committee, Integrated Community Case Management, Infant and Young Child Feeding, and Channels of Hope to address varied issues.

Mr Mahama said WVG had boosted agricultural activities by forming some 36 Farmer Based Organisations and trained them on improved farming practices as well as agro-based value chain activities.

To help bridge the gap in access to potable water, WVG had dug a total of 173 new boreholes, constructed and fitted with hand-pumps, while 91 non-functioning water points had been rehabilitated.

Mr Kojo Mensah Abrampah, Senior Technical Advisor, at the Ministry of Planning assured of government’s continues partnership with Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He commended the CSOs for working tireless to complementing government’s efforts by supporting and participating actively in the SDG platform, that among other things, was to assess the country’s responds and define new initiatives towards realizing the targets.

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