August 15, 2022 10:26 pm

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection together with the World Bank is holding a one-week meeting on the Ghana Productive Safety Nets Project (GPSNP)and GPSNP 2 Implementation Support Mission Schedule from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th August, 2022 in Accra.

The main purpose of the   mission is to review the progress of GPSNP and GPSNP 2 including, a review of GPSNP in preparation for the project completion.

The meeting which started today, Monday, 15th August, 2022 at the World Bank Office will also review the following GPSNP components.

1. Progress on the results framework

2. GNHR data collection activities

3. Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW) and Productive Inclusion (PI) activities.

4. LEAP cash transfers operations and reassessment amongst others.

In her opening remarks, the Deputy Minister for MoGCSP, Hon. Hajia Lariba Zuweira Abudu indicated that the project implementation support mission has been beneficial since it provides the Ministry the opportunity to review the progress of implementation to identify challenges and take corrective measures to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the implementation.

She stated that the goal of GPSNP is to alleviate extreme poverty, to boost the productivity and incomes of the poor in the country. This according her is in line with Governments’ commitment towards reducing inequality and poverty in the Ghanaian society.

The Deputy Minister stressed that Government, through MoGCSP has been implementing GPSNP project particularly focusing on the following 3 key components such as; Component 3: Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Cash Transfers Program, Component 4: Social Protection System Strengthening and Component 5a: Project Management, Coordination, and Capacity Building.

“The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Cash Transfers Program, which is aimed at smoothening consumption, reducing poverty, and facilitating access to social services amongst the extremely poor households, currently covers 344,186 beneficiary households (which translates to approximately 1.5 million individuals out of the 2.4 million extreme poor persons in Ghana). We are about to pilot a recertification programme to identify beneficiaries who can be graduated into productive inclusion/livelihood intervention programmes to enhance their livelihoods as well as the sustainability of the programme,” she noted.

Hon. Abudu disclosed that data collected by the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) for the five regions in the North are available and being accessed and used by Social Protection Programs such as LEAP, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Ghana School Feeding Programme among others.

The Deputy Minister was grateful to the World Bank and other partners for their immeasurable support to the Ministry. She therefore tasked participants to engage in constructive discussions to ensure the success of the projects.

The mission has been planned in consultation with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection

Source: MoGCSP