June 30, 2022 7:36 am

The Social Protection Directorate (SPD) under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) has organised a 2-day meeting for the ‘2nd Quarter Social Protection Inter-Sectorial Technical Committee (SPISTC) workshop’ in Koforidua from 28th -29th June, 2022.

The two-day meeting which started on 28th June 2022 was to discuss the draft Overarching Social Protection Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework, as well as assess and discuss performance and challenges of various Social Protection (SP) programmes in the past three quarters of 2019.

The objectives for the 2nd quarter Social Protection Inter-Sectoral Technical Committee meeting are as follows:

• Discuss the progress of the review of the short-term implementation plan and the SP policy.

• Discuss the LEAP Re-assessment Strategy.

• Review progress of 2nd quarter planned activities of SP implementing Agencies.

• Assess progress of SP monitoring and evaluation system

Speaking on behalf of the Chief Director of MoGCSP, the Social Protection Director, Dr. Rita Owusu-Amankwah said Government through the MoGCSP is implementing the National Social Protection Policy in a phased approach which includes, short, medium, and long term.

She mentioned that, the short-term implementation of the policy elapsed since 2020 and it requires a critical review of progress.

According to Dr. Owusu-Amankwah the exercise is supposed to help garner ideas, information and enumerate emerging issues to incorporate into the preparation of the medium-term implementation plan.

She said the Social Protection Sector Annual Performance Report is one of the key deliverables of the technical committee and requires serious attention.

The Social Protection Director said that there is the need to project and communicate their performance through this report to policymakers, partners and the citizenry to garner support, buy-in and adequate financing for social protection in Ghana.

In her welcome address, the Deputy Minister for the MoGCSP, Hon. Lariba Zuweira Abudu also mentioned that, the Ministry intends to undertake a re-assessment of the LEAP to determine if the income status of beneficiary households has improved among other things.

She noted that the exercise will help understand how the LEAP programme has fared in the lives of the beneficiaries since its inception.

Additionally, she spoke about the Ministry’s efforts in strengthening social protection delivery systems in the country.

The Deputy Minister also gave insights as to how the Ministry through its Social Protection Directorate developed a comprehensive Social Protection Monitoring and Evaluation (SP M&E) Framework.

Hon. Zuweira Abudu spoke about how the SP M&E framework is currently being digitalized to facilitate effective and seamless data collection and tracking of the performance of the National Social Protection Policy, and that of the flagship social protection interventions among others.

“Innovation is part of the digitalization agenda of Government as heralded by H.E. Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana,” she added.

Thus, digitalization is key to transforming Ghana and will go a long way to improving and contributing to the socio-economic growth and development of the country, she reiterated

In the end, Hon. Lariba Zuweira Abudu, commended members for their tremendous work on Social Protection and charged all to bring out key recommendations and actionable points to address the delays in the payment of LEAP and School Feeding Caterers.
She therefore commended members for their commitment and tremendous work on social protection.

The second quarter meeting of the SPISTC for 2022 will offer the opportunity for assessing the progress of implementation of planned activities of the SP Agencies, assess the progress on the design of the SP M&E dashboard, and discuss the LEAP Re-assessment Strategy.

The meeting will also afford another opportunity for feedback on the review of the short-term implementation plan for the national social protection policy and facilitate discussion on the design of the medium-term implementation plan taking into consideration of key emerging issues.

The SPISTC workshop is therefore very important and timely as it will go a long way to improve the coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and sustainable delivery of social protection in Ghana.

The SPISTC comprises of partner Ministries, Departments and Agencies involved in the development and delivery of SP systems in Ghana.

Source: MoGCSP