The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has revealed its intentions of establishing a data centre that will enable it register all beneficiaries of the Government social protection interventions in order to?eliminate all those who enjoy benefits from various interventions to pave way for others as well to benefit.

oyeThe center, according to the sector Minister, ?will be used to evaluate and ascertain whether the social protection system in Ghana is reducing poverty and inequality as well as identify its linkage to economic development.

At a panel discussion in Accra the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection averred that?Nana Oye Lithur her ministry is ironing out possible ways?of tackling extreme poverty and the vulnerable through social protection.

The program which? brought participants from the civil society organization,s donor agencies including? policy makers, was aimed at discussing the role of social protection policies in accelerating the achievements of the MDGs, addressing poverty and inequalities and boosting inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.

According to the Minister who spoke to spyghana soon after the programme, indicated that there was an urgent need to find out whether ?the money given to beneficiaries is actually serving its purpose of? reducing poverty, and if not informed decisions must be made to rectify the anomalies..

She said the proper monitoring could be done when ?policy and legal frame work for the program are established.

Oye Lithur also said, her ministry was introducing an electronic payment to ease delays in disbursing funds to beneficiaries. “Consultations are underway with ?MTN, Ezwiztch and Aya Technology, for the achievement of this purpose. We will also strengthen ?the civil society organizations and build ?capacity of the private sector to monitor the program.”

She explained that the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) Program is a social cash transfer program which provides cash and health insurance to extremely poor households across Ghana to alleviate short-term poverty and encourage long term human capital development, adding that “LEAP started a trial phase in March 2008 and then began expanding gradually in 2009 and 2010. As of July 2013, the program had?reached over 70,000 households across Ghana with an annual expenditure of approximately USD20m.?The program is funded from general revenues of the Government of Ghana, donations from DFID and a loan from the World Bank. We all know this is a flagship program of Ghana’s National Social Protection Strategy and is implemented by the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP).”



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