C’ttee set up to facilitate social protection schemes

Nana Oye Lithur,

Nana Oye Lithur,

A seventeen-member social protection inter-sectoral technical committee was inaugurated the previous Friday to strengthen the capacity of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure the co-ordination and effective implementation of social protection programmes in the country.

This will help in addressing the major concerns of persons who are extremely poor, vulnerable and marginalised.

Inaugurating the team,  Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, said that poverty in Ghana had significantly declined from 16.5 per cent between 2005 and 2006 to 8.4 per cent in 2014.

She, however, said there was the need to deal with inequalities and regional disparities.

The minister said that over the years, both government departments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had implemented social protection interventions to address poverty and its related vulnerabilities.

Nana Lithur said the interventions were not well co-ordinated as a result of lack of a clear policy direction, wrong targeting of potential beneficiaries, limited monitoring and evaluation of the interventions.

“The full benefits of social protection can only happen if they are properly designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated in a well co-ordinated manner,” she exphasised.

Nana Oye Lithur said that following the receipt of Cabinet approval, the ministry had outlined a number of measures to ensure the proper implementation of social protection interventions.

The committee members are drawn from the ministries, departments and agencies, which implement social protection programmes.

The programmes include the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty, Labour Intensive Public Works, National Health Insurance, School Capitation Grant, Ghana Education Service Free School Uniforms Programmes, GES Free School Exercise Books Programme, Ghana School Feeding Programme, Block Farming of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana Youth Entrepreneurial and Employment Agency and Local Enterprise and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP).

The technical committee seeks to harmonise annual work plans and targets among implementing agencies, review performance targets of implementing agencies and report to the inter-ministerial steering committee.

It would also address challenges arising from implementation of social protection intervention and make recommendations to the inter-ministerial committee for action.

By Castro Zangina-Tong

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