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How to create an NGO in Ghana How to register and start an NGO

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's) will always have a special place in our hearts. They have been of tremendous help to us economically, enviromentally, health and educational sectors. Let us help you to register and start your own NGO in 3 easy steps

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Creating and registering an NGO in Ghana is fairly simple and easy. With all the goodwill surrounding NGO’s (…actually most of them) in our society, we should all set up one.

Simply put, an NGO is an organization free from government interference. These are seen as goodwill businesses, which are usually non-profit.  These organisations can be local, national or international. A lot of developments around the globe can be attributed to the activities of these institutions. If you can’t afford to run one, you can help out by volunteering your expertise to help run the organization.

Set your own non-profit organisation in 3 easy steps.

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Tips to begin your NGO business journey:

  • Get prepared: A lot of NGO’s start with so much enthusiasm and passion. But along the way these organizations suffer because it takes more than that to be a success. Get some experience in the area you would want to venture into. Join other organizations with similar goals and interest.
  • Start right: this is why am here. Here to help you start right. Go through all the right procedures especially legalities and formalities. Place the right structures in place to effectively run even in your absence.
  • State your purpose: set your goals from the onset. Know your purpose and what you hope to achieve. State this clearly and without ambiguity.
  • Set up a plan: every organisation with an effective plan is sure to attract the right business and investors. Set a guide to help you achieve your goals and objectives. Working without a plan is just like throwing your money and time away.
  • Familiarise with the setting: Be abreast with not only the cultural setting you find yourself, but also local knowledge. Contacts especially local ones are good for business.
  • Be connected and network: work with the contacts that you have amassed. Get to know the influencers, financiers, and leaders in your field. Tap knowledge from them and work into their good graces.
  • Re-evaluate and balance: Assessment is necessary to be sure you are still on track to achieve your goals. Then try to find balance in all your activities.
  • Go digital: to stay relevant, you need to be online. Create a website with an easy user interface and engaging content.
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An example of an NGO



Apart from an estimated registration fee of about GH155.00 to be paid at the Registrar General Department. There are other incurring fees which would be paid at the Social Welfare Department.


Creating and registering an NGO is a legal path which needs ample time to put things right. It usually takes about two weeks for both certificates to be issued from the Registrar General Department. The other processes would sure take some time to finally put your NGO into business.

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For Registrar General Department

  • Name and objectives of your NGO.
  • Members of the Executive board (which has a maximum of 20 persons).
  • The address and name of the NGO’s auditor.
  • The address of your main office (the postal and physical address)
  • Directors and secretaries (their names, addresses, business occupational and nationality)
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An example of an NGO


For the Department of Social Welfare

  • From the Registrar General’s Department, Certificates of Incorporation and to Commence Business
  • Application letter on organisation’s letter head addressed to the Department of social welfare.
  • The profile and constitution of the NGO.
  • A recommendation letter from the District, Municipal or Metropolitan Assembly. Including the location of your organisation.
  • Any brochure or publication of/from your organization.
  • Three copies of an endorsement letter from regional office of Departmental of Social Welfare.
  • A social investigation report.

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An example of an NGO



  1. Purchase and fill Form 3 and Form 4 (these are known as NGO registration forms). You may also get yourself a copy of the Table B- regulations of a company limited by guarantee. This would help you familiarise with the legalities of running an NGO. This is where the above mentioned supplies are needed to fill your forms.
  2. Submit your forms after completion at the Registrar General Department, along with your registration fee. You will be award two certificates after verification of information which you provided (these are Certificates of Incorporation; and Certificate to Commence Business).
  3. After you will need to apply to the Department of Social Welfare for permit to operate as an NGO in Ghana. The Department of Social Welfare regulates all NGO’s in Ghana and issues certificates to allow them operate within the country as NGO’s.
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