The Ministry of Local Government Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) and the Social Investment Fund (SIF) have launched phase II of the Integrated Rural Development Project (IRDP II).
It is a plan to improve access to social and economic infrastructure as well as boost access to credits for small and medium enterprises involved in food crop marketing, agro-processing and other activities along the agricultural value chain.
The project is being implemented in 23 districts in the sixteen regions of Ghana; it has been designed to improve the living conditions of rural communities by providing access to basic infrastructure and socio-economic services including health and education and to ensure a sustainable increase in income through the provision of micro-credit to the rural impoverished communities.
The goal of the project is to facilitate job creation, enhance access to socio-economic infrastructure and improve livelihoods for sustainable poverty reduction. The project will also increase rural communities' resilience to climate change's impact.
Mr. Daniel Botwe, Hon. Minister for MLGDRD was optimistic that the project will be implemented to serve the people's aspirations at the grassroots level to engender poverty alleviation.
Emeritus Professor Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa who was chair for the event opined that the results of projects long after implementation should be mainstreamed into the operational workplans of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to consolidate the gains of project implementation for sustainable development. This he said will result in on-ground actions to actually ensure poverty alleviation.
Source: Public Relations Unit (MLGDRD)