IMANI to broadcast experiences of Ghana’s social protection programmes

Accra, Jan 15, GNA –
The IMANI Centre for Policy and Education says it would showcase experiences of
beneficiaries with social protection programmes for poverty reduction in an
audio-visual documentary by January ending and make recommendations for
improvement.

The documentary
scheduled on January 30 would elucidate alternative ways by which Ghana’s
social protection programmes could be positioned to further support
market-based incentives for poverty reduction.

Mr Franklin Cudjoe,
the President and Chief Executive of Officer of IMANI Centre for Policy and
Education, who disclosed this to the GNA in a statement on Wednesday said there
would also be an exhibition of artworks that captured the themes of poverty in
Ghana.

Social protection
programmes are touted as tools that help reduce poverty and inequality, which
IMANI added that, beyond protecting families from falling into or remaining in
poverty, “they appear to contribute to the growth of the economy through
raising labour productivity and social stability.”

Ghana has over the
years implemented different forms of social protection programmes such as
Programme of Action to Mitigate Cost of Adjustment (PAMSCAD) in 1988 and the
Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) in 1990.

Mr Cudjoe noted that
while PAMSCAD and PAF contributed to improvement in the livelihoods of
beneficiaries, “proper targeting of beneficiaries was reported to have been a
major challenge.”

He also said to
improve the programme design for social intervention, the Government in 2008
introduced the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme.

Part of the
objectives was to increase consumption and access to social services and
opportunities for extremely poor and vulnerable people.

Statistics show that
since the implementation of LEAP, the number of household beneficiaries have
risen from 1,645 households in 2008 to cover 332,200 households in 2019.

Similarly,
government’s expenditure on it has ballooned from GH¢500,000.00 in 2008 to GH¢200,746,481
in 2020.

Mr Cudjoe said,
although, the investments were expected to translate to reduced poverty levels,
the programme recorded mixed results.

“It is necessary,
therefore, that further assessments are conducted on the benefits of the
programme on the beneficiaries – presenting the views of beneficiaries beyond
the desk assessments,” he added.

He said it was
against that background that IMANI through its Atlas Network’s supported
Joining Up to Minimise Poverty (JUMP) project, leveraged audio-visual tools to
collect information about the programme and how it transformed lives of
beneficiaries.

GNA

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