Over one million individuals in the Northern Region will be benefiting from the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) if successfully implemented in October this year.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection with support from the World Bank, commenced processes leading to the preparation of the new Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) to strengthen and improve social safety nets and productive inclusion of the poor and vulnerable in January 2018.
In an interview with Fiila News the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Collins Ntim indicated that, the GPSN project will contribute towards poverty reduction, jobs creation, climate resilience and enhance the socio-economic life of the less privilege in our communities.
The deputy minister of local government added that the project will directly benefit the poorest households in all regions of Ghana with about 25,000 individuals benefiting from a productive inclusion programme, 30,000 beneficiaries benefiting from the Labor-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) and with over 350,000 households benefiting from the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) cash transfer programme.
To this end, beneficiary MMDAs are to submit a project work plans and budgets to the Ministry in two weeks to facilitate the implementation process.
The Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed, assured the MLGRD of the regions full compliance in the implementation process.
He urged the MMDCEs to implore seriousness in the project and ensure the targeted communities benefit directly from the project.
The GPSNP is a successor to the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP). It is the aim of Government to strengthen safety net systems to improve the productivity of the poor in 80 selected Districts across the Country. The 80 beneficiary Districts were selected on the bases of the 6th Ghana Living Standard Survey (GLSS6), 2014 compiled by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) which ranks all Districts based on poverty incidence.
Besides addressing the issue of rural development and social protection, GPSNP also seeks to achieve some global issues relating to the SDGs.