Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS)

Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in Indigenous Development


Nana, Hardi Tijani (Executive Director of RAINS) and Barbara




Barbara Gardner and Nana Asaam worked with the Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS) an organization located in Tamale, northern Ghana.

Barbara was involved in a variety of activities such as the Childhood Regained Project and training activities on the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA). She also interviewed women on the impacts of RAINS projects on their lives/families. Barbara also participated in the Day Against Child Labour and the African Union (AU) Day for the African Child.

Nana worked on the Integrated Community Empowerment (INCOME) program. Under this community intervention program were various project activities that she actively participated in including the Village Savings and Loans Association, Beekeeping, Crop and Animal Farming, and Child Sponsorship Program. 

"Being in this environment and interacting with members of the community, has allowed for a greater understanding of place-based sustainable development as well as the responsibility of development practitioners to actively listen to community members." Barbara