Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) leadership formed a District LEAP Implementation Committee (DLIC) in 10 districts as part of the pilot reassessment of program beneficiaries.
Participants included representatives from the Municipal Police Command, National Commission for Civic Education, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service, Department of Agriculture and Business Advisory Services .
Established with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the DLIC was to assist the district social/community development officer in charge of LEAP to coordinate the operational activities of the program in the communities.
Mr. Myles Ongoh, Leader of LEAP, inaugurated the Nandom Municipality and Wa West District Committee in the Upper West Region yesterday.
He said the piloting of the reassessment program in five northern regions was intended to enable the LEAP program to learn lessons to inform the national rollout of the reassessment.
He explained that the essence of the reassessment was to have a good database of beneficiaries that justifies the selection of extremely poor households.
Mr. Raymond Nero, Chief Executive Officer of Nandom Municipality (MCE), assured the LEAP program of continued support to DLIC and of the impending mission once the reassessment begins.
The Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare, Ms. Lillian Kpelle, encouraged DLIC members to be objective in carrying out their mandate in order to reduce inclusion and exclusion errors and improve livelihoods beneficiaries.
He sensitized the members to the overview of LEAP and informed them extensively of their role in the re-evaluation of LEAP.
DLIC members have affirmed their commitment to support all LEAP program activities.
The LEAP program currently provides cash grants to more than 344,000 beneficiary households in 260 districts across the country.
Since 2013, the LEAP program has undergone a number of reforms and innovations, including the transition from manual payment to electronic payment, all aimed at establishing an efficient and effective cash transfer system.
Since LEAP’s inception in 2008, UNICEF has supported the LEAP program with funding and the provision of technical assistance and advice.
The objective of the support was to complement the Government of Ghana’s priority of impacting the most vulnerable and marginalized households in Ghana.