Ghana is yet to develop a comprehensive implementation plan to ensure that provisions captured in the National Social Protection Policy are actualized, a Social Protection Specialist, Mr. Richard Akuetteh Adjetey, has revealed.
He said National Social Protection Policy was drafted in 2016 with the aim of delivering a comprehensive integrative social protection system that will respond to vulnerability and poverty in the country.
However, three years down the line, a comprehensive implementation plan, needed to compliment that the exiting policy document is yet to be developed.
Mr. Richard Akuetteh Adjetey, made these comments on #InFocus segment of #HealthyMorning, talking to Cecil Lee Longdon about Social Protection Interventions in the country.
“For us to have an expansion of social protection provisions, we must have effective institutional arrangements and governance structures, as well inter-sectorial linkages among the various ministries. And that is the bigger issue. We don’t have it” he stressed.
Mr. Adjetey revealed that in 2016, an institutional arrangement framework which looks at the governance of social protection and all its stakeholders was also developed, “but out of 275 districts in the country, only 13 districts have been trained on this institutional framework” he noted.
He said these institutional arrangements are very crucial to expand the social protection provision to vulnerable groups in the country.
He said, as part of way forward, Ghana needs to strengthen capacity in design and delivery of social protection.
“Social Protection is a specialized area and we must politicize it. We must in the herm of affairs, people who have requisite knowledge and skills to help develop and design and deliver social protection” he said.