The Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) provides tailored support to the poorest households in Ghana to address the demand-side constraints to accessing services that would strengthen their productivity.
With both financial and technical assistance from the World Bank, GPSNP was initiated in 2018 with US$ 60 million and is currently underway to support the Government of Ghana to strengthen the country’s safety net systems and improve the productivity of the poor and vulnerable including women and persons living with various forms of disabilities.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development collaborate to supervise the implementation of the GPSNP which supports (i) the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) program, which currently provides cash transfers to 335,000 poor households (approximately 1.5 million individuals); the Labor-intensive Public Works (LIPW) program, which provides seasonal short-term employment to the poor, while creating assets for the wellbeing of their communities; and the Productive Inclusion activities to improve the productivity of the poor by offering them support towards establishing sustainable income generating activities.
The GPSNP project has also developed a number of systems to improve efficiency within the social protection sector. These systems include the Ghana National Household Register, which aims to improve social protection targeting by providing data on poor and non-poor households, management information and electronic payments systems across all the GPSNP programs to track progress and foster financial inclusion among beneficiaries, as well as promote accountability, and a Single-Window Citizens Engagement System (SWCES) that streamlines project implementation grievance redress mechanism.
There are five activities/components under GPSNP. These are:
- Complementary Livelihood and Asset Support Scheme (CLASS)
- Linkages to Agricultural Support
2. Labour-Intensive Public Works
3. Livelihood Empoyment Against Poverty
4. Social Protection System Strenthening
- Ghana National Household Registry
- Single Window Citizens Engagement System
5: Project Management, Coordination, and Capacity Building