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49th Cycle LEAP Payment scheduled for 31st July– 4th August, 2017

In 2008, Ghana launched its flagship Social Protection Programme, the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP). LEAP is a cash transfer programme for the poorest families in Ghana to reduce poverty and enhance long term human development. In this 49th cycle LEAP payment scheduled for 31st July– 4th August, 2017, a total number of 213,044 beneficiary households in all the 216 districts of the country will be paid their LEAP cash grants.

 What is the goal of the LEAP Programme.

The goal of the LEAP Programme is to reduce poverty by increasing consumption and promoting access to services and opportunities among the extremely poor and vulnerable.

 

 Complimentary services

All members of LEAP households are afforded with some complimentary services aimed at further reducing their financial burden and elevating them from a status of marginalisation. The LEAP Management Secretariat (LMS) believes that the cash grant alone cannot address extreme poverty rather there is the need to adopt a holistic approach, which involves coordination with other Governmental and non-Governmental pro poor organizations.  To facilitate the complimentary health care services afforded to members of LEAP households, the LEAP Management Secretariat (LMS) in partnership with National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has embarked on a nationwide free NHIS registration exercise. To date over 90,000 LEAP household members have been registered free-of- charge onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).The free NHIS registration factored into the LEAP Programme ensures that members of the LEAP households receive better healthcare and another chance to live healthier and more fulfilled lives

  Impact of the LEAP Programme on beneficiaries

The LEAP Programme is making impact on the lives of its target group.  An independent research conducted by Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), a leading civil society organization, between 2014 and 2015, indicates that LEAP contributed to 12% increase in school enrollment of children of school going age. Other findings from the research include: children in LEAP households are more motivated to attend school; Improved access to health care through NHIS for LEAP beneficiaries, 65% of LEAP households reported an increase in food security for their children, 62% of beneficiaries are able to purchase fertilizers and 63% of LEAP households have invested their accumulated grants savings into economic activities in their communities.

The findings from the CDD research also corroborated the 2012 findings from the impact assessment conducted by ISSER and North Carolina University of USA in 2012.

The LEAP Programme was also rated an ‘A+’ by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) in their 2016 annual review. DfID is one of the Development Partners that is supporting the Programme in terms of grants and Non-Grants Assistance. By this rating, the programme is deemed to be performing very well toward the achievement of its overall objective

 

Key actions that the LEAP Programme is carrying out during this month especially with regards to the payments?

  1. The LEAP Programme will pay 213,044 beneficiary households in all the 216 districts in the country from 31st July – 4th August, 2017 Representatives of the ministry and other Key institutions will be monitoring the payment process. The monitoring exercise is conducted as a means of assessing the impact and progress of the LEAP payment, as well as the services of the Payments Service Providers; this is done to identify challenges and problems which are addressed in subsequent payments.
  2. MoGCSP through the LEAP programme also aims at improving beneficiary knowledge on Preventive Health Practices, placing emphasis on healthy eating habits. Studies have shown a correlation between good eating habits, a healthy body and a longer life span.  In line with this, the MoGCSP has issued a directive to include Nutritionists/health workers to the beneficiary sensitization process before payments is conducted
  3. Again in preparation for the upcoming payment cycle, DSWOs across the nation were taken through a series of training on how to set up a pay points in their various district.DSWOs were encouraged to make sure they had all pay point satisfying the following criteria;neat/decent environment, structure with roof,table for PFIs to conduct cash out, sitting arrangement for beneficiaries and anything required to make the place convenient. Among other issues that were discussed during the training included how to mobilize beneficiaries, mode of payments, payment service providers and the roles of MMDAs in the payment Process.
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45TH PAYMENT CYCLE OF LEAP SOCIAL CASH GRANT TO ALL BENEFICIARY HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) will commence its 45th cycle payment from 21st to 25th November, 2016. A total of 212,919 beneficiary households in all the 216 districts of the country will be paid their LEAP grants. During the payments, one eligible member household will receive GHC64.00, two eligible member household will receive GHC76.00, while three eligible member household will receive GHC88.00 and four and more eligible member household will receive GHC106.00. These payments cover the months of September and October 2016.

The 45th cycle payment also includes 192 households from ‘Alleged Witches Camps’ in Gushiegu (Northern Region), the Tamale Children’s Home (Northern Region), the Bekwai Central Destitute Infirmary (Ashanti Region) and the Mampong Babies Home (Ashanti Region).  The rest are the Ankaful Leprosarium in the Central Region, Osu Children’s Home in Greater Accra and St Joseph Orphanage at Jirapa in Upper West Region. Beneficiaries of these “institutions’ are special social category who benefit from the LEAP Programme by automatic inclusion. The inclusion of the specialised category as LEAP beneficiaries is in line with the Programme’s objective to reduce the plight of the vulnerable and marginalized in the society.

All the beneficiaries of the LEAP Programme will be paid electronically on the e-zwich platform provided by Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) through Participating Financial Institutions (PFI’s). The e-zwich payment platform requires biometric fingerprint verification of beneficiaries for payment to be effected. Thus, LEAP Programme operates on the principle that “without biometric verification there will be no grant cash-out or payment” to beneficiaries households.

To facilitate the access to health care services, LEAP Programme beneficiaries are participating in a nationwide National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration exercise. The registration exercise is currently ongoing. To date a total of 91,118 LEAP household members have been registered free-of- charge onto NHIS.  The registration exercise is expected to end by 21st December 2016.

In building a resilient social protection system of the MoGCSP there is the need to equally support people who find themselves in situations of shock induced by floods, rain and wind storms among others. This form of support is captioned “Emergency LEAP” by the MoGCSP.  Emergency LEAP is therefore a temporary cash grant which is provided to people who have been affected by social, environmental and natural disasters.  The cash grant serves as support to assist them to cope with the impact of the disasters and thereby stabilize them. Persons/households who are Emergency LEAP beneficiaries receive the cash grant for a brief period usually three (3) months.

Four (4) districts namely Bawku West, Bongo, Builsa South and Talensi of the Upper East Region were affected by rainstorms and floods. The MoGCSP through the LEAP programme supported a total of 2984 affected persons from these four districts under Emergency LEAP.

The first payment which covered the months of September and October 2016 was paid to these affected persons, with each beneficiary receiving Two Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC 200.00) for two months.

The final and second payment to these Emergency LEAP beneficiaries is scheduled for 28th November – 1st December 2016.

The LEAP Programme wishes to use this opportunity to thank all of its stakeholders – Metropolitan/Municipal/District Assemblies (MMDAs), UNICEF, Department for International Development (DfID), and the World Bank for their continuous support to the LEAP.  Management and staff of the LEAP Programme and the MoGCSP are also inspired and challenged to do better by a grade ‘A+’ rating on performance by United Kingdom’s DfID in its 2016 annual review of the LEAP Programme. As a Secretariat under the MoGCSP, we wish to salute the Honourable Minister Nana Oye Lithur and her gallant staff of the MoGCSP for their hard work and the distinguished leadership provided to the LEAP Programme.

 

ISSUED BY:

 LEAP PROGRAMME SECRETARIAT,

MINISTRY OF GENDER CHILDREN

AND SOCIAL PROTECTION, ACCRA.

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44TH PAYMENT CYCLE OF LEAP SOCIAL CASH GRANT 212,848 HOUSEHOLDS TO BE PAID FOR THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST, 2016

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The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme, will commence its 44th cycle payment from 10th to 21st October, 2016. A total of 212,848 beneficiary households in all the 216 districts of the country will be paid their LEAP grants. During the payment period; one eligible member household will receive GHS 64.00, two eligible member household will receive GHS 76.00, while three eligible member household will receive GHS 88.00 and four and more eligible member household will receive GHS106.00. These payments cover the months of July and August, 2016.

 

This 44th cycle payment will include 192 households from the ‘Alleged Witches Camps’ in Gushiegu and Tamale Children’s Home, both in Northern region, the Bekwai Central Destitute Infirmary and Mampong Babies Home both in Ashanti region.  The rest are the Ankaful Leprosarium in the Central region, the Osu Children’s Home and the St Joseph Orphanage, Jirapa, Upper West region.  This group of beneficiaries fall under the specialised category for automatic inclusion onto the LEAP Programme. The inclusion of the specialised category of beneficiaries is in line with the Programme’s objective to reduce the plight of the vulnerable and marginalized in the society.

 

All the beneficiaries will be paid electronically using the e-zwich platform of the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS). This payment platform uses biometric fingerprint to verify beneficiaries before payment.

The LEAP Programme is making impact on the lives of its target group:

 

The LEAP Programme is also continuing its nationwide National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration for members of the LEAP households.  Currently, 43,111 LEAP household members have been registered free-of- charge onto the NHIS platform.  The registration exercise is expected to end by December, 2016.  The NHIS registration exercise is aimed at improving access to health care for the members of the LEAP households.

 

The LEAP Programme is continuing its expansion drive to ensure that we achieve the target of 250,000 households by December, 2016.

It is worth noting that the LEAP Programme was rated an ‘A+’ by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) in its 2016 annual review.  DFID is one of the Development Partners that is supporting the Programme in terms of Grants and Non-Grants Support. By this rating, the programme is deemed to be performing very well toward the achievement of its overall objective.

 

It is also important to mention that , the programme is embarked on data collection exercise for the implementation of emergency LEAP to persons affected by floods, rain and windstorms in four districts in Upper East region; Bawku West,  Builsa South , Talensi and Bongo districts .  Emergency LEAP is a temporary cash grant, which is provided to people who have been affected by environmental and natural disasters and are displaced.  The cash grant serves as support to assist them to cope with the harsh impact of the disasters. Beneficiaries under the Emergency LEAP from the 4 districts mentioned above will receive their grants over a three month period, spanning from September to November 2016.

ISSUED BY:

LEAP PROGRAMME SECRETARIAT

MINISTRY OF GENDER, CHILDREN

AND SOCIAL PROTECTION, ACCRA.