MONITORING OF LEAP PAYMENTS AND SCHOOL FEEDING – MINISTRY OF GENDER
October 23, 2019 1:33 pm
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has the mandate to ensure gender equality through the mainstreaming of gender considerations, promote the welfare and protection of children and empower the vulnerable, excluded, the aged and persons with disability through social protection interventions to enable them contribute to national development.
The Ministry as part of executing its mandate is embarking on joint spot check visits to LEAP payment sites/pay points and beneficiary schools under the school feeding programme in selected Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country.
The exercise commenced on Monday, 21st October, 2019.
The Ministry has in this regard, constituted teams and tasked them to gather data on various indicators of the programmes to track performances of the programmes.
The exercise will also enable the Ministry observe payment processes, touch base with the beneficiaries, and other key stakeholders to acquire firsthand information, insights and shortfalls to help inform decisions geared towards improving the programme’s operations and implementation mechanisms.
The LEAP programme is one of Ghana’s flagship social protection interventions which provides conditional and unconditional cash transfer targeted at reducing poverty by increasing consumption and promoting access to social services (such as education and health), and opportunities among extremely poor households whilst the Ghana School Feeding programme, among other things, is also to ensure that Pupils are served with one hot delicious and nutritious meal a day during lunch breaks at school.
These programmes also seek to improve human capital development, and break inter-generational poverty and its associated vulnerabilities.