GNHR Commences Data Collection Of Households With Extreme Poverty In Upper East

February 27, 2018 9:34 am

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP) through its unit, the Ghana National Household Registry(GNHR) has commenced the collection of data of households with extreme poverty in the Upper East region.

The Sector Minister, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba on Tuesday, 27th February, 2018 officially launched the data collection exercise in Pusiga with a call on stakeholders to assist the Ministry collate credible data for all social intervention programmes.

She said “it has been a challenging journey to create and complete the data collection exercise in 2017 in the Upper West Region and now Upper East”.

The data collection exercise which focuses on extremely poor households and the vulnerable is the mandate of the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) established by the Government of Ghana through MOGCSP, for the purpose of social protection benefits reaching the very people in need and also production inclusion where nobody is left out or behind.

In her address at the launch of the exercise, Hon. Djaba explained that the GNHR through accountability and transparency is required to provide an up-to-date and a credible national household registry that will ensure proper implementation of social protection programmes.

She noted the GNHR has completed its data sharing protocol guidelines based on the data protection act that would allow information to be accessible to the public and relevant institutions. “The Upper West data is ready and would be disseminated in a round table workshop in March, 2018 for key users of this data” the Minister disclosed.

Hon. Otiko Afisah said, “we are deploying a total of 965 field staff made up of 22 districts coordinators, 135 supervisors and 808 enumerators for the exercise”. She however gave assurance that her Ministry will ensure that all the necessary logistics as well as motivation needed for the data collection exercise in the Upper East region are made available for all field staff to ensure the success of the programme.

The Honorable Minister also entreated all the field staff to adhere to simple safety rules as they extensively travel the length and breadth of the region to get the job done.

“I am so passionate and determined to see this registry move from the Upper East to the mother region and to the nation at wide this 2018” she added.

The National Coordinator of the GNHR, Dr. Prosper Larry on his part said the GNHR has a mandate to establish a single national household register from which all social protection programs in Ghana will select their beneficiaries to enhance efficiency and prevent duplication in other SP programmes.

“Poverty has no colour as Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba would always say. There is therefore a need for a scientific identification and categorization of the vulnerable in Ghana. We cannot continue to select beneficiaries of social protection programmes in ways other than households that truly need it. The proxy means test by the GNHR therefore helps in using verifiable indicators to categorize households as Poor, Not Poor and Extremely Poor” Dr. Larry elaborated.

At the launch were representatives from Gambia to learn from Ghana, representatives from Togo, representatives from UNICEF, representatives from World Food Programme, Chief of Tiili – Togo, MP for Pusiga, Northern Region Minister, Deputy Regional Minister (Upper East), Dean of University for Development Studies – Wa Campus, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, Traditional Rulers, Students etc.