GNHR holds a team building workshop for its staff in Koforidua

GNHR StaffThe Ghana National Household Registry has organized a team building workshop for its staff at Koforidua Training Center in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The workshop was meant to put a finishing touch to the registry’s preparation towards the first ever household registration in West Africa that will begin in the Upper West region of Ghana in August, 2016.

Speaking at the event, the Coordinator of Ghana Social Opportunity Projects, Mr. Robert E. Austin said his aim of organizing the workshop is to keep every member of the team abreast of what has been done by the various departments within the registry. This he believes will enhance collaboration and give the team a clear view on what needs to be done before the start of the registration exercise. Mr. Austin also expressed his hope that, the effort of the registry will translate into compilation of a credible and reliable register of the poor and vulnerable in Ghana.

The Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department of the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection Mr. Mawutor Ablo, expressed satisfaction about the huge effort the registry has put into the preparation towards the enumeration exercise in the Upper West Region. He advised the team not to relent on their effort in ensuring that the registry comes out with a credible register of the poor and vulnerable in the country. Mr. Ablo also stressed the need for the team to work closely with the local stakeholders on the ground in order to have a smooth exercise.  

Most of the participants underscored the importance of the workshop. While the old members of staff of the registry claimed the workshop helped them to know what their colleagues in the other departments are doing, the newly recruited staff members said it gave them the opportunity to know what is expected of them. As Elizabeth Ohenewah Agyei puts it, “Being a new team member, this workshop is very timely.  It gives a precise summary of what has been done and helps me clearly understand the role I have to play for the collective success of the project.”


The Ghana household registry is an agency under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection which is tasked to collect data on the poor and vulnerable in the country. The register will serve as the sole and official database for targeting and selecting beneficiaries of all social protection programs in Ghana. If completed, the register will help ensure that social protection programs are effectively and efficiently executed so that the right people are given the help that they need.

The first phase of the registration exercise will be launched in the Upper West region on the 1st August, 2016 before the actual data collection begins on the 2nd August 2016.

By Philip Dornyo