Social Protection in Ghana - An Overview
Social Protection is the base of a secure and acceptable life. Its main objective is to tackle poverty and to protect people from risks and shocks caused by e.g. unexpected economic fluctuations. Social Protection is often financed by public funds and contributions. Most frequently in countries, where the majority is living under poverty, the introduction of Social Protection seems to be a serious problem. Especially during financial crises, food price risings or natural catastrophes, Social Protection Schemes are more needed to protect the citizens from negative impacts.
Ghana National Social Protection Policy
A National Social Protection Strategy was developed in 2007 and revised in 2012. The 2013 Social Protection Rationalization Study as well as diagnostic processes for the formulation of the Medium-Term National Development Framework (GSGDA II) established the need for a holistic National Social Protection Policy to facilitate harmonization, coordination, improved targeting and relevant capacity building at all levels.
Ghana School Feeding Programme Policy
The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) was initiated in 2005 as a social protection intervention in the context of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Pillar III and in response to the first and second Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In other countries, school meals and school feeding have provided consistent and reliable channels to address children’s nutritional and educational issues as well as offer livelihood and food crop marketing opportunities
Penblusbytes Organized a Social Accountability Clearing Platform: Picture Report
On 22nd July 2016, Penplusbytes organized a Social Accountability Clearing Platform that brought together state institutions and key CSOs that are implementing social accountability initiatives in Ghana. They included the Institute for Local Government Service, SEND-Ghana, CDD-Ghana, IMANI-Ghana, Ghana Integrity Initiative, SNV, WHO, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, and many more. The occasion was used to discuss strategies for effective social accountability initiatives and the role of ICTs for effective interaction between citizens and public officials for improved public service delivery in Ghana.