Wpid Nana Oye Lithur
Gender Ministry Launches New Social Protection M&e System

Nana Oye Lithur

(from right)Susan Ngongi, Nana Oye Lithur and Benita Duah, Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Launching the new M &E system.

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) together with the United Nations Children?s Fund (UNICEF) has unveiled the country?s first completed Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework for a social intervention programme in Accra.

The system which would be used to track the progress of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme would also serve as a guide to develop an M&E framework for the National Social Protection Strategy within the National M&E framework developed by the National Development Planning Commission.

Taking participants through the features of the new system, LEAP coordinator Lawrence Ofori Addo said the framework has the underpinning principle that to be effective any M&E must start from the district level.

?The new M& E system is designed to monitor the programme?s (LEAP) inputs, the output that these produce, and the outcomes and impacts which then occur. The system will also capture the information to be tracked, their data sources and the process by which the information is used,? he said.

Nana Oye Lithur, minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, in her address said M&E was a very critical component for the effective and efficient implementation of any development intervention, adding that the lack of rigorous impact studies for most programmes was what had limited the real understanding of their outcome.

She said although not a sector in itself, social protection required a well-established institutional framework to coordinate and oversee the implementation, monitoring and evaluation, hence the formulation of the new M&E system.

?As Ghana is implementing several other social protection intervention programmes, it is our expectation that the development of this framework will motivate these programmes to develop their own M&E systems,? she added.

Susan Ngongi, UNICEF Representative at the event, said the organization was pleased to be associated with the new M&E system as it would enable UNICEF to know whether they were progressing towards their goal and also improve the flow of information from the decentralized to the national level.

She said, ?Hopefully with the new M&E system we will learn more about what is actually happening on the ground and get information that we can use to adapt the programme, make changes that we need to make and then implement them.?

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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