The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo met with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Thursday March 25, 2021.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways of working together with CSOs in order to reach out to the vulnerable groups in a more effective way.
It was also to strengthen ties with CSOs in the development agenda of the country.
Hon. Adwoa Safo noted that her vision for the Ministry is tied with the broader vision of government, hence her willingness and readiness to partner with CSOs to achieve a holistic goal of “Leaving No One Behind”.
The CSOs amongst other things charged the Minister to reinforce coordination of stakeholders to ensure the effective delivery of Social Protection related issues to Ghanaians especially vulnerable groups.
In other news, the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister also held Two-day Stakeholders Consultation on the ‘Draft Social Protection Bill’, from the 23rd to 24th March, 2021 in Accra.
The Consultative meeting forms part of follow-up meetings to be held by the Social Protection Directorate with key stakeholders in order to work progressively towards the finalization of the draft SP Bill for onward submission to the Attorney General’s (AG) Department.
The meeting seeks to have extensive discussions on the following topics:
– Expansion of the scope of LEAP in the draft SP bill with regards to the interpretation of ‘social assistance’ in Section 50.
– Organizational structure of the LMS as well as discuss the designated authority to determine who qualifies to receive the LEAP grant.
– Organizational architecture of the Ghana National Household Registry.
Institutions present for the follow up meeting comprised Management of LEAP Secretariat, the Ghana National Household Registry, AG’s Department, Office Of The Head Of Civil Service – OHCS, Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) and the @Public Service Commission.