THE PLATFORMS provided by the Ministry of Children, Gender and Social Protection, UNICEF and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) like Send-Ghana have increased the assessment tools at the various Metropolitans, Municipals and District Assemblies, Madam Esther Apraku-Nyarko, the Director of Social Welfare at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has said.
To this end, she said everybody involved in playing their respective roles in ensuring that their works and targets met match with their performance indicators are in high spirit.
The Director of Welfare at KMA made this known when she was addressing a three-day ‘Learning Event on Social Protection Delivery and Practice’ in Kumasi which seeks to provide a platform for CSO’s, academia, private sector players to share their experiences, research works, publications, achievements and humanitarian activities in the area of Social Protection(SP).
The exercise organized by Send Ghana is also geared towards the increase in learning to stimulate dialogue on the existing opportunities in the area of SP for the private sector and identify other ministries executing SP programmes.
Madam Apraku-Nyarko, said “…And a plus that I would give to the ministry and UNICEF on Social Protection as an assessment tool within the MMDAs. When you come to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, we have so many assessment tools and now Social Protection (SP) is one of them, so everybody knows that if, you joke with Social Protection, you will fail your ‘D’ (Development assessment indicators) part, and when you fail your ‘D’ part, it will go against your funding and so that is something that is very good and it is happening.
On the SP situation on the ground, she said, “We have done a lot even though we need to improve,” adding that, “The situation has improved…the LEAP (Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty) has some hiccups from the beginning, but now, it is very smooth and sometimes we are even caught in the web because by the time we realise, the time is so close for you to go and do another payment”.
“But when you take social protection as a basket, you will realise that one of the vulnerable groups is persons with disability either through the congenital causes, accidental or diseases and they are really benefitting, so you will see that, their lives are changing and some of the assemblies now know that through the little income generating activities they will get revenue within the assembly. We call it IGF that is the assemblies own internally generated fund, some of which is supposed to be used for social protection. “
Beyond that, she explained that the KMA being one of the 60 selected MMDAS implementing the UNICEF cases management, a lot is being done through case management.
“As Mr Mawutor (Director of PPMED at the Gender Ministry) talked about, the three Ps, protection, preventive and promotion, that UNICEF is funding and because I’m coming from KMA, I can be bold enough to say that it is improving our activities because of the case management that is coming and the sectorial approach for which we are receiving funds, so on the ground, not everybody is alleviated from poverty, but those we have identified and we are working on, I realised, are relieved and some are really improving.”
KMA Assembly members to be sensitized to Disability Fund
All Assembly members within the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) catchment area are expected to be sensitised to the processes and procedures involved in assessing the disability fund, the KMA Social Welfare Department has said.
This according to the department would enable the Unit Committee members and the people at the grassroots understand what is involved in the fund.
The Director of Social Welfare at KMA Madam Esther Apraku-Nyarko was a resource person at a three-day ‘Learning Event on Social Protection Delivery and Practice’ in Kumasi which seeks to provide a platform for CSOs, academia, and private sector players to share their experiences, research works, publications, achievements.
Source: Ghana/Dailyheritage.com.gh/Murtala Inusah