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Ghana's Single Household Registry takes off in August

The Ghana National Household Registry (GHNR) project which seeks to establish a single registry database of the poorest and most vulnerable households in Ghana is scheduled to commence next month August, 2016 in the Upper West Region.
The National exercise is sponsored by the World Bank and will be first piloted in three regions; Upper West, East and Northern regions. The Project is been implemented by the Ghana National Household Registry, a unit under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. The registry is expected to identify and profile poor and vulnerable households in Ghana such that the data would be used by all social protection programmes in Ghana to select beneficiaries for their programmes.

The project would also eliminate duplication of efforts and costs in social interventions, enhance the coordination of interventions across the ministries, departments and agencies and rationalize the implementation of the hitherto fragmented social protection sector.Speaking in an exclusive interview with Atinka News, the National Coordinator of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP) Robert Austin explained that the GNHR is one of the three components of GSOP (a Government of Ghana project funded by the World Bank). The other components are supporting the scaling up of the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty Programme (LEAP) and implementing the Labour Intensive Public Works. He revealed that a total of $ 8 million dollars has been allocated to ensure the smooth registration of the first phase of the households in the three regions, indicating that the process is to commence in August, 2016 considering all the preparations so far.

Mr. Robert Austin intimated that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) on 31st March, 2016 entered into a contractual agreement with Genkey Solutions BV to develop the software and carry out actual data collection from the field.The agreed data collection methodology will employ the Census approach but will be paperless as preloaded tablets will be used to administer the questionnaire. The tablets to be employed have the capability to take photographs, scan fingerprints, scan ID cards and record the responses of households to the questions to be asked.

He explained that the decision to use an electronic form of data collection is to ensure integrity of the information are gathered and to allow rapid processing within the shortest period of time.
The National Coordinator hinted that massive public information campaign has begun in the Upper West Region to sensitize the public about the project and urged them to respond to the call to participate in the registration exercise to enable the delivery of a credible Single National Registry that will inure to the benefit of all.

Mr. Austin further indicated that a total of 1,400 persons have been engaged to play various roles in the data collection exercise. These persons are being engaged as District Coordinators (11 no), Registration Supervisors (50 no.),Enumerators (300 no.) as well as over 900 Community Focal Personsd rawn from all the eleven (11) districts in the Upper West Region.

Reacting to whether the Single Registry will conflict with Census expected to be conducted in 2020, the National Coordinator explained that there is a vast difference between the two. According to him, while the main focus of Census is to do headcount of persons in the country, the Single Household Register solely aims to capture the socio-economic characteristics of household and categorized them as extreme poor, poor etc. Mr. Robert Austin was very hopeful that the usefulness of the database as a vital instrument for social programs in Ghana would be sufficient catalyst to attract funds to complete the exercise nationwide.

Source :www.atinkaonline.com