An Implementation Support Mission meeting on the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) led by the World Bank with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) has opened in Accra.
The five-day mission was scheduled from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th August 2022 to assess the progress of GPSNP (in operation) and GPSNP 2 (to commence) as well as to review GPSNP in readiness for the project closure.
The meeting was set to review the progress of work on the results framework, Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW) and Productive Inclusion (PI) activities - components under the Project- on the MLGDRD side with Ghana National Household Registration data collection activities and Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) cash transfers operations and reassessment - components under the Project - on the MoGCSP side.
In a speech read on behalf of the Hon. Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD), Mr. Daniel Botwe, expressed the Ministry’s appreciation to the World Bank for their continued support for Government’s priority development areas; particularly, Safety Nets for the poor and vulnerable in Ghana.
He said “we are excited about our collective achievements under the GPSNP and confident that the lessons learnt will translate into a more effective and efficient delivery of GPSNP 2”.
Touching on the achievements on the project, the Minister mentioned that since its effectiveness from June 2019 and scheduled to end by December 2022 with 80 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country; the Ministry has disbursed a total amount of GHS 91.8 million as direct grants to beneficiaries under both the Productive Inclusion (PI) and Labour-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) components.
He expressed Government’s appreciation to the Bank, for agreeing to scale-up the Project GPSNP 2, which became effective in January 2022 and will now cover 100 MMDAs, including urban Districts.
He gave an assurance on behalf of the Ministry to take on board feedback in all the areas that will be discussed as part of the mission to improve delivery at all levels.
The GPSNP and GPSNP 2 projects were designed to alleviate extreme poverty and enhance the productivity and incomes of the poor in the country.
SOURCE: PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT- MLGDRD