The Government of Ghana (GoG), through the Ministry of Finance, is to receive a grant of USD 150 million facility from the International Development Association/International Bank for Reconstruction and Development of the World Bank Group towards the implementation of the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion Project (SOCO, P175043). The project covers the northern geographic sections of Ghana, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire,and T The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development will lead the Ghana Project implementation, with forty-three (43) District Assemblies located in six Regions (namely Northern, North East, Upper East, Upper West, Savannah and Oti regions). The project will follow a Community Development Approach (CDD) in selecting and implementing Project investment activities. The proposed Project will be implemented over five (5) years.

The development objective of this project is to improve regional collaboration and socio-economic and climate resilience of border-zone communities in the target northern regions of the Gulf of Guinea countries exposed to conflict and climate risks.
The proposed Project is structured into the following five (5) main components:

The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development will be the lead Ministry in implementing the project. This will be done by establishing a National Project Implementation Unit (PIU), a National Oversight Committee and a National Technical Committee. The MLGDRD will closely collaborate with other Ministries and Agencies partnering the implementation of the project (i.e., Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Interior, Northern Development Authority, Environmental Protection Agency, among others) in the execution of interventions under the project. At the field level, the targeted forty-three beneficiary District Assemblies in the six regional administrative areas in the northern participating regions in the country will be the primary channels for providing financial and technical support to the frontline implementing communities.
Investment activities of the SOCO Project will be guided by the World Bank’s Environment and Social Framework (ESF). By the ESF requirements, the project potential environmental and social Risk Rating has been classified by the World Bank as moderate. Consequently, in line with the ESF provisions, the following Environment and Social Standards (ESS) are considered relevant for this Project:
To this end, the following documents have been prepared and are being disclosed in compliance with the ESF as part of the project preparation activities:
  • Resettlement Framework (RF)
  • Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF)
  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP)
Stakeholders can also access copies of the Framework from the MLGDRD and the World Bank’s website.

All enquiries should be forwarded to:

The Chief Director

Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development

P.O. Box M. 50

Ministries, Accra.

Tel: 0302-908224


Email to: cd.secretariat@mlgrd.gov.gh

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