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Households urged to register under the GNHR programme

Households in the Upper East Region have been entreated to register when the Ghana National Household Registration starts its data collection exercise in the region, scheduled from February 26 to March 31 this year. The exercise, meant to enable easy identification of the poor and vulnerable in the society would be preceded by a field test, to be carried out by enumerators in some selected communities in all the thirteen districts of the region from February 18 to 24 this year. 

The first phase of the nationwide registration exercise begun in the Upper West Region in August 2016 while the second phase which comprised data collection was done in the Upper East and Northern Regions in 2017. The third phase would be rolled out in the remaining seven regions. At a training session for Regional, Municipal and District officers of the Information Services Department (ISD) in Bolgatanga, Ms Bertha Dzeble, the Operations Specialist of the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR), said it was a United Nations programme that Ghana government had signed onto, aimed at eliminating poverty. 

She said government had over the years spent monies to minimise the incidence of poverty across the country using several criteria to target households which did not solve the problem because there were still some incidences of poverty. Ms Dzeble said best practices across the world showed that if all the social intervention programmes came under one store to identify beneficiaries, the nation would be able to eradicate or minimise poverty faster and better than the use of various criteria in targeting beneficiaries. She said the World Bank was supporting Ghana through the Ghana Social Opportunity Project to establish a single household registry, which would provide a very good data base for all social intervention programmes such as the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), the free category of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the Ghana School Feeding Programme among others for easy accessibility of data for beneficiaries. 

Ms Dzeble said information such as household composition and location among others would determine whether the household was poor, extremely poor or not poor, using a proxy means test for classification. She encouraged the officers to educate households on the benefits of the exercises and emphasised that “every household is eligible to register; nobody decides who to register, there is no committee anywhere to decide which community or household to register.”

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Single National Household Registry: The Panacea for Poverty Reduction in Ghana

GNHRGhana made history as the first country sub-Saharan Africa to achieve the Millennium Development Goal one of reducing poverty by half long before the 2015 deadline set by the United Nations. In spite of this great stride, poverty remains a major challenge in Ghana, specially, in the rural areas.

Government Statistician, Dr Philomina Nyarko recently indicated that overeight million Ghanaians are poor with more than two million of the number living in extreme poverty. According to the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS6), even though most regions in Ghana showed a reduction in poverty incidence since 2005/2006, the pattern of poverty by region remains the same.

Sixty years after independence, it is not acceptable for these huge chunks of citizens of a country blessed with a lot of natural resources to be wallowing in abject poverty.

 Fortunately for us, governments (past and present) have put in place a lot of policies and programs that are aimed at eradicating poverty in all forms in our beloved country. Prominent among these policies and programmes are the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP); Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW), the exempt category of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) among others.  However, these programs do not seem to be making the desired impact on the poor and vulnerable in our country. 

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Ghana Household Register expected to be ready for use by January

The Ghana Household Register is expected to be ready for use by January next year.

The project, which was initiated by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection entails the registrations of households and the collection of basic information on their socioeconomic status in order to aid in the planning of social protection programmes. 

It was started in the Upper West Region in August but hit a snag when it had into some challenges forcing coordinators to step back.

The National Coordinator of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP), Robert Austin noted that since they resumed work, they have done tremendously well starting with outlandish communities where they enjoy significant corporation from the chief and people.

“We started our work from the hinterland where communities are sparse and getting access is a challenge, but gradually we are zoning into the urban areas."

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Upper East Regional House of Chiefs to support Household Registry

GNHRGNHRThe Upper East Regional House of Chief has pledged its unflinching support for the implementation of Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) which is ongoing in the country.

The exercise which had commenced in the Upper West Region is being extended to the Upper East Region to be followed by the northern region and the rest of the regions in the country.

The Chiefs drawn from the various paramountcies in the region, made the commitment during an engagement meeting jointly organised by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and the GNHR in Bolgatanga on Thursday, to solicit their support for the implementation of the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR).

Mr Robert E. Austin, the National Coordinator of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP), explained to the traditional authorities that the GNHR Project which is being funded by the World Bank in collaboration with the Government of Ghana when completed would help facilitate the identification of extremely poor and vulnerable households.

He explained that as it stood now the Social Protection systems are not well coordinated making it very difficult to identify the extremely poor very well and expressed optimism when the GNHR Project is completed it would coordinate and consolidate all the social protections systems including the School Feeding Programme, Capitation, Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW), Free School Uniform Programme among other social interventions.

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Assemblies urged to support the implementation of Household Registry exercise

 Assemblies urged to support the implementation of Household Registry exerciseMetropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDs) have been urged to support the implementation of the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) exercise which has started in the Upper East and Upper West Regions.

The GNHR is under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), and was formally launched in October 2015.The exercise, which is expected to be replicated nationwide after the successful implementation of the exercise in the three northern regions, would be a registry of all households in Ghana.

Mr Robert E. Austin, the National Coordinator of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP), who said this at a stakeholders’ forum, called on the stakeholders including all the thirteen Municipal and District Chief Executives and Coordinating Directors in the Region to support the implementation of the project.

The forum was also attended by the Regional Minister, his deputy, the Regional Coordinating Director, a team from the Ministry of MoGCSP and the World Bank. The forum was to brief the stakeholders on the benefit of the GNHR and to solicit their support in the implementation of the project.

The National Coordinator said the GNHR Project which is being funded by the World Bank in collaboration with the Government of Ghana would facilitate the identification of extremely poor and vulnerable households.

 “Data from the Registry will be used for social intervention programs such as LEAP, Free Health Insurance, Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW), Ghana School Feeding Programme, and the Free School Uniform Programme among others”, Mr Austin said.

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GNHR Targets 112,000 Households in Upper West

Upper West Region, WaNana Oye Lithur, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection has described the Single National Household Register for social programs as a game changer in the effective and well-coordinated management of social protection in the country.

According to her, the register will ensure that the right people are targeted for any social intervention program and the impacts of such supports properly and effectively monitored and measured.

“The benefits of the single national household register are numerous. The register will ensure that we have a face, a name, an address and socio-economic characteristics of households in Ghana. The benefits also go beyond social protection programmes”.

About 112,000 households are being targeted for registration in the Upper West Region which is known to be the most poverty endemic region in Ghana.

She said the initiative is in fulfillment of the government’s manifesto promise that will as a social democratic government develop an integrated programme for the registration of all persons into a common database for social protection targeting. 

She stated that globally social protection has proven to be an effective strategy in poverty reduction and closing inequality gaps with some good results in countries like Brazil where poverty has reduced drastically as much as half. “And this was achieved using the single registry of beneficiaries in the management of their social protection programmes.
“With a single national household register we will achieve an effective coordination among our social protection programs and make it possible for households to benefits from more than one social protection intervention simultaneously. This way, the graduation of households out of poverty permanently can be achieved with ease”, she added.

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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.

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