technical team for Ghana’s Social Protection Shock Responsive Assessment has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection today, Wednesday 24th August 2022 at the Ministry’s conference room.
The team among other things is expected to oversee a study which is supposed to inform policy decisions and recommendations towards strengthening or building a robust social protection shock-response system that can effectively address the multiple needs of the poor and vulnerable in times of emergencies.
In an inaugural statement read on behalf of the Chief Director, Dr Afisah Zakariah, the Coordinator for the GPSNP, Mr Mawutor Ablo said social protection has proven to be an effective and reliable tool for addressing poverty and its related vulnerabilities.
According to him, the Government of Ghana with its partners has commissioned an assessment to build an understanding of the opportunities and challenges to supporting the provision of social protection services through national social protection systems during the crisis in Ghana.
“The government of Ghana is therefore implementing a National Social Protection Policy which seeks to ensure that citizens are guaranteed relief from destitution, realize their basic rights, close the inequality gap, ensure inclusion for all Ghanaians and enable all to participate effectively in socioeconomic growth and development of the country,” he said.
The Ag. Director of the Social Protection Directorate, Madam Abena Annobea Asare said the rationale for inaugurating the technical team is to support the assessment of Ghana’s Social Protection’s readiness to scale up its response to shocks and emergencies such as climate change and disasters as well as financing mechanisms for social protection response.
She added that the effect of climate change and the increasing unpredictability of rainfall poses a direct threat to livelihoods, health, food and nutrition, hence the need for stakeholders to work together to ensure that their objectives are met.
Paulina Sarvilahti, Chief Social Policy and Inclusion at UNICEF indicated that UNICEF in collaboration with partners such as the World Bank and World Food Programme will increase their focus on supporting the government to strengthen social protection systems in Ghana.
She indicated that effective social protection support is a crucial factor in determining whether children and their families can quickly return to normality when a crisis occurs.
Members of the technical team were drawn from the MoGCSP, UNICEF, World Bank, World Food Programme, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, UNICEF, Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Ghana Statistical Service among others.