An orientation and sensitisation workshop has been held on the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project GPSNP 2 for the Bolga, Wa, and Tamale Zones.
Participants of the workshop were, Regional Ministers, Regional Economic Planning Officers, Regional Social Welfare and Community Development Directors, Regional Coordinating Directors, and District Chief Executive Officers.
The rest are District Coordinating Directors, District Planning Officers, District Social Welfare and Community Development Officers and Officers from the Business Advisory Centres (BACs) from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
GPSNP 2 has come as a result of an additional $100 million support from the World Bank to the government of Ghana for the implementation of phase two of the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) that would be implemented from 2022 to 2025 in 100 districts across the country following the successful implementation of the first phase of the project, which spanned from 2019 to 2022, in 80 districts.
Mr. Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, a Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development speaking at the workshop indicated that the GPSNP, a social intervention initiative, is implemented together by the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) as part of measures of the government to improve the livelihoods of some vulnerable population
He stated that MLGDRD is leading the implementation of Labour-Intensive Public Works Programme (LIPW) and Productive Inclusion (PI) components of the project, whilst MGCSP focuses on Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) and Social Protection System Strengthening components.
Hon. Korsah stressed that the 100 beneficiary districts that will have the project implemented are urban areas, which were previously not included in phase one.
He noted that the objective of the second phase of GPSNP is to expand and enhance social safety nets that improve the incomes and productivity of the poor in rural and urban areas in Ghana.
The Minister explained beneficiary districts and communities on the project were selected using the latest available Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS) data from the Ghana Statistical Service.
Source: PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT (MLGDRD)