SOCIAL PROTECTION INTERSECTORAL TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING
November 24, 2020 3:06 am
As part of the duties to assess the progress of work done by the Social Protection Inter-Sectoral Technical Committee (SPiSTC), and reviewing of the next line of activities, the Social Protection Directorate under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MoGCSP), has held a Two-day Meeting for members of SPiSTC from Monday 23rd to Tuesday 24th November 2020 at Ada Foah in the Greater Accra Region.
The meeting comes as a key recommendation under the terms of reference of the Social Protection Inter-Sectoral Technical Committee which proposes that members meet on quarterly basis in a year.
Delivering the welcome address on behalf of Dr. Afisah Zakariah (Chief Director for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection), the Director of Research, Statistical (statistics), Information Management (RSIM) of MOGCSP, Madam Efua Anyanful noted that in the midst of this COVID-19 era, social protection systems continue to help individuals and families especially the poor and the vulnerable to cope with crises and shocks.
Therefore, the Social Protection Intersectoral Committee is crucial in providing a technical support for the coordination, collaboration and implementation of social protection across all sectors.
Speaking on the objective of the two-day meeting, the Director for the Social Protection Directorate, Dr. Owusu-Amankwah stated that the meeting sought to share the report on comprehensive analysis of the budget, financing and fiscal space required for the Social Protection Sector (status quo analysis, fiscal gap and administrative Efficiency Assessment), update members on the achievements and challenges of Social Protection programmes from first to third quarter of the year 2020, strategies taken for implementation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to validate the draft of the 2019 Social Protection Annual Report.
The Social Protection Director explained that the meeting was necessary in order to assess SPiSTC to better perform its role to monitor and evaluate the implementation of social protection programmes as well as to develop, review and share annual work plan and reports on social protection.
The meeting was able to gather enough valid inputs and recommended actions to address the findings of the comprehensive budget and fiscal space analysis in Social Protection Sector; draft cabinet information paper on social protection financing shared. Members also discussed measures to complete the additional data required in the updated budget tracking tool for Social Protection.
The engagement with members of the SPiSTC through the two-day meeting was characterized mainly with presentations on Social Protection programmes such as NHIS, LEAP, GSFP, LIPW, GNHR, WIAD, Education Capitation Grant, PFJ, YEA, FREE SHS, NVTI, MASLOC.
The various presentations served as updates on the achievements and challenges of Social Protection programmes from first to third quarter of the year 2020 as well as strategies taken for implementation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.