MONITORING OF THE GHANA SAFETY NET PROJECT SITES
The GPSNP projects provide support to the poorest households in Ghana to address the demand -side constraints to accessing services that would strengthen their productivity.
GPSNP was initiated in 2018 with US$ 60 million with both financial and technical assistance from the World Bank. It is currently underway to support the Government of Ghana to strengthen the country’s safety net systems and improve the productivity of the poor and vulnerable including women and persons living with various forms of disabilities.
There are five components under GPSNP. These are:
Complementary Livelihood and Asset Support Scheme (CLASS)
Linkages to Agricultural Support
2. Labour-Intensive Public Works
3. Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty
4. Social Protection System Strengthening
Ghana National Household Registry
Single Window Citizens Engagement System
5: Project Management, Coordination, and Capacity Building
Krachi East is one of the five MMDAs in the Oti Region to have benefitted from the GPSNP. The project started in the Municipality in 2020 across four project sites in three communities namely Monkrate, Atsigode and Sokukope. These projects were under the Labour-Intensive Public works component of the GPSNP.
The three communities had Rehabilitation of Ten (10) ha degraded communal land using Cashew trees. However, Monkrate had in addition, (3.6Km) Rehabilitation of Monkrate Jnc-Monkrate Feeder Road.
The project is expected to come to an end in March 2022. Where the community would take over the maintenance and caring of the projects.
The monitoring aimed basically at:
• Introduce the new planning officer who doubles as the Focal Person for the GPSNP to the beneficiaries.
• Help the new Planning Officer (Focal Person) to familiarize himself with the project sites
• Hear from the beneficiaries their major challenges.
In Addressing the beneficiaries, the new Planning Officer for Krachi East Mr. Ernest Adarkwa Yiadom said that the project is one that will go a long way to benefit the respective communities, the Municipality and the country at large especially looking at the economic benefits associated with cashew plantations. He pleaded that they should put in much efforts by intensifying their monitoring and by ensuring that the plants do not die. With these measures put in place and the support of the Assembly, the projects are likely to achieve their objectives.