develop_region: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
iso2: 
GH
iso3: 
GHA
Continent: 
Africa
Official name: 
Republic of Ghana

The trend for conducting rigorous impact evaluations of development interventions has prompted many researchers to start looking more closely at public works programmes (PWPs). This study identifies design and implementation features that contribute to programme success or failure, highlighting which PWP model is appropriate in what context and why linkages to broader graduation strategies and other interventions are important.

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Expanding fiscal space for social protection

The study aimed to understand the impact of integrating a fee waiver for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) with Ghana’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) 1000 cash transfer programme on health insurance enrolment.

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SEND GHANA has appealed to government to fast track the release of social protection funds to prevent undue delays. Addressing the media at a press conference in Accra, the Deputy Country Director of SEND GHANA, Mr. Emmanuel Ayifah said even though government has done well in providing support to beneficiaries of social protection, a lot more could be done especially releasing funds on time and also helping to fulfill the right of citizens.

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Weekly Social Protection Links: November 8

Unemployed people of over thirty-thousand (30,000) poverty-stricken households in eighty districts in Ghana are expected to be employed under the Labour Intensive Public Works Project (LIPW). The Project is under the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) by Government of Ghana in partnership with the World Bank the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

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The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, has commenced the implementation of a project to improve social safety nets and productive inclusion of the poor and the vulnerable in the country. Known as the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project, the initiative replaces the Ghana Social Opportunity Project.

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There has been a move away from big cross-sectional studies – they can’t tell you why countries do things and how it works out by looking across contexts; we need to do something more specific. But that then became that you have to spend eight years studying a country before you can say anything.

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Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) is a flagship programme of the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) targeted at the vulnerable and extremely poor in Ghana. Based on the peculiar characteristics that the participants of the LEAP programme exude, a combination of non-probability sampling techniques was deployed, namely; purposive and snowballing.
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Inter-household transfers play a central role in village economies. Whether understood as informal insurance, credit, or social taxation, the dominant conceptual models used to explain transfers rest on a foundation of self-interested dynamic behavior. Using experimental data from households in rural Ghana, where we randomized private and publicly observable cash payouts repeated every other month for a year, we reject two core predictions of the dominant models. We then add impure altruism and social taxation to a model of limited commitment informal insurance networks.

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