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 (SOCO) Project (P175043).

The project covers the northern parts of Ghana, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, and Togo. In Ghana, the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development will lead the implementation of Project in forty-eight (48) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) located in six Regions (namely Northern, North East, Upper East, Upper West, Savannah and Oti regions). The project is expected to deliver resilient community infrastructure and assets through a Community-Driven Development approach (CDD). The proposed Project will be implemented over a period of five (5) years.

The Project Development Objective 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:

As part of the Project implementation arrangements, the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development will lead Project implementation. A Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be established, responsible for the day-to-day management of the Project. A Project Oversight Committee (POC) and a National Technical Committee (NTC) will be established with representation from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Implementation of investments under the SOCO Project will be guided by the World Bank’s Environment and Social Framework (ESF). Consequently, in line with the ESF provisions, the following Environment and Social Standards (ESS) are considered relevant for this Project:

• ESS1 Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts

• ESS2 Labour and Working Conditions

• ESS3 Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention and Management

• ESS4 Community Health and Safety

• ESS5 Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement

• ESS6 Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources

• ESS8 Cultural Heritage

• ESS10 Stakeholder Engagement and Information Disclosure

The following documents have been prepared and disclosed in compliance with the ESF and as part of the project preparation activities:

• Resettlement Framework (RF)

• Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF)

• Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP)

• Labour Management Procedures (LMP)

• Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP)

Stakeholders can also access copies of the documents 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

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