It is generally acknowledged that a nation’s development is hampered if the inhabitants are nonliterates. It is further appreciated that language plays a central role in literacy and skills acquisition. Literacy and skills acquisition are also proven to be easier if the mother-tongue is used at the early stages of literacy. Governments of Ghana, universities and Ghana Institute of Linguistic, Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT) have been striving to meet these principles. Literacy and development are twins: one cannot occur smoothly in the absence of the other. SILDEP wants to champion rural development through literacy (adult, numeracy, computer, digital, financial literacy and inclusion) and skills development with the focus on poverty mitigation.

Mr. Moses Dramani Luri structured the humble Literacy and Translation Projects in Tumu, Fonsi and Buro into an NGO in Ghana and across Burkina Faso.



  • SILDEP was formed as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in 2008
  • The name was Sisaala Literacy and Development Program (SILDEP-YIKOROKASAAJAŊ) and now Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Program.
  • The NGO comprises Sisaala and Pasaali Projects of GILLBT expanded and Buro Project of Association Nationale pour la Traduction de la Bible et l’Alphabétisation (ANTBA)
  • SILDEP was registered in February, 2009 as an NGO and re-registered in 2015 with the change of name
  • The founder and the Chief Executive Officer of SILDEP is Mr. Moses Dramani Luri
  • Mrs Magrit Frempong and Mr. Justin Fempong are the founding pillars
  • SILDEP has since implemented projects in Literacy, Education, Civics, Agriculture, Food Security, Governance, Enterpreneuarship, Gender, Rights of children, women and disable, and micro-finance as well as climate change.
  • SILDEP has since being partnering Plan Ghana, CARE, SNV, EU, Send Ghana, Star Ghana, Africa Lead, GILLBT, ANTBA, Barclays Bank, Fidelity Bank and the like.
  • The program is non-political, non-religious, non-denominational, non-tribal and non-profit making.

    The vision of SILDEP is a literate rural population with sustainable income that is comparable to the highest regional average income in Ghana.


    The mission of the organization is to promote the welfare of the rural people through language development, adult literacy, translation, gender equity promotion and skills development.


    The core values of SILDEP are:

  • Basic Human Rights
  • Participation
  • Empathy for the vulnerable (poor, children, women and minority)
  • Honesty and accountability
  • Ownership and maintenance
  • Sacrifice and hope
  • Togetherness and pragmatism
  • Initiative and self-reliance
  • Morality and heritage
  • Value for money and quality control


    SILDEP aims mainly at fighting poverty:

  • Physical development through increased knowledge in the use of literacy in all communities of the program area
  • Social development and improved life styles in knowledge acquired through literacy
  • Intellectual improvements by bridging from literacy in the mother-tongue to the formal education system
  • Religious development through freeing the mind of the people about beliefs that hinder physical, social, economic, spiritual and intellectual development
  • Skills development through training in health, livelihood, education, environmental, civic, and entrepreneurial spheres for poverty reduction


    Current coverage:

  • SILDEP operates in Upper West region of Ghana (Wa East, Daffiama-Busie-Isa, Sissala East, Sissala West, Lumbussie-Karne, Lawra and Nandom).
  • Upper East Region(Bongo and Bolgatanga Municipal)
  • One province (Buro) in the Sissili Province of Burkina-Faso

    Future coverage:

  • All Grusi Languages and communities
  • All sister Gur(‘Northern’) Languages and communities
  • Ghana and Burkina Faso


  • There is a 7-member Board of Trustees which is the highest decision-making body
  • In the program Areas we have Program Management Committees(PMCs), Zonal Committees (ZCs) and Village Committees (VCs)
  • Management
  • Gender, Child Protection Policies, Financial, Administrative, Human Resource Manuals Guide our operations


  • Literacy (adult, formal numeracy, computer, digital, financial literacy and inclusion)
  • Health (information in education, hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS)
  • Livelihood (agriculture, micro-finance, tree planting, environmental conservation)
  • Research (poverty, language/Linguistic analysis, culture/anthropology, demography, current affairs, literature production etc)
  • Civics (rights of people: constitutional issues, voter education, participation, freedoms)
  • Empowerment (Gender, entrepreneurial skills and Internally Generated Funds (IGA))