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Gender Ministry Employs 1000 for Household Data Collection in Upper East Region

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) has engaged about 1000 field staff (enumerators) for the ongoing Household Data Collection exercise in the Upper East Region. 

The Ministry through the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) has also trained all the field staff including 22 District coordinators, 135 Supervisors and 808 Enumerators for a successful exercise.

Speaking at the official launch of the Data Collection exercise at Pusiga in the Upper East Region, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba indicated that the field officers are equipped with the requisite training, logistics and motivation needed for the household registration.

She was optimistic that upon successful data collection in the Upper East Region, similar exercises would be carried out in the Northern and other remaining regions of Ghana. The data collection exercise was first implemented in the Upper West Region of Ghana, and it is now the turn of the Upper East Region. The exercise is being funded by the World Bank.

The Data Collection exercise officially began on Wednesday February 28, 2018 in the Upper East Region- a day after the official launch at Pusiga.

Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba saidthat, the Ghana National Household Registry was established by the Government to ensure that social protection interventions get to the targeted people and to enhance transparency and accountability in selecting beneficiaries of social protection programmes across various MMDAs.

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Upper East Region Endorses GNHR

The Chiefs and people of the Upper East Region have fully endorsed the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) Data Collection exercise which is aimed at producing a single national household register to facilitate access to credible database for effective implementation of social protection programmes.

In affirming their readiness and acceptance for the exercise, the people including several Chiefs, Queen mothers, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Municipal and District Chief Executives, Assembly members, Heads of State Institutions, Civil Society Organisations, women and youth groups and Students among other key stakeholders thronged the Gbewaa College of Education park for the official launch of the data collection exercise.  

The exercise which is being funded by the World Bank, was first carried out in the Upper West Region and it is expected to be replicated in all the 10 regions of Ghana.

Against this backdrop, the Deputy Regional Minister for the Upper East Region, Frank Fuseini Adongo assured the full support of the Chiefs and people of the region in ensuring a very successful and credible data collection exercise by the GNHR of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

The Data Collection exercise begins Wednesday 28th February 2018 in the Upper East Region a day after the official launch at Pusiga.

Delivering a welcome address on behalf of the Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, Mr. Frank Fuseini Adongo said “to ensure a successful data collection exercise in the region, there is the need for all stakeholders to support the exercise”.

He was of the view that the massive attendance by the people was an indication that they had fully endorsed the exercise and were prepared to support it at all cost.

The Deputy Minister reminded the people that, any attempt by any of the households or group of people to sabotage the exercise or prevent its smooth running would be

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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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