About Ghana’s Flagship Social Protection Programme

About Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme

Ghana’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme [LEAP] is the Government of Ghana’s flagship poverty alleviation programme. It provides cash transfers to extremely poor households, particularly those with orphaned and vulnerable children [OVC], the elderly [over the age of 65] without any form of support, people living with severe disability without productive capacity and pregnant women or mothers with infants below one year of age. LEAP’s objectives are to alleviate short-term poverty and to promote the development of human education, experience and abilities.

In 2015 the initiative called LEAP 1000 began targeting pregnant women and mothers with infants under 15 months. It is the first cash transfer programme of its type to target such a specific demographic and the target group has since been incorporated into LEAP. LEAP is implemented by Department of Social Welfare of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection [MoGCSP].

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LEAP beneficiaries in line to receive their cash grants.
The LEAP Programme has helped beneficiary households to pay for school feed and they can now afford to buy new uniforms for their children.
A Beneficiary of the LEAP Programme discuss how she has used the money and how the programme has impacted her life.
An elderly beneficiary of LEAP and his wife. The cash grants they has been receiving have helped his family.
An elderly beneficiary with her family. Thanks to LEAP she is now able to better provide for her health needs.
Thanks to the cash transfers, some of the LEAP beneficiaries managed to open little shops in the local markets.
A LEAP beneficiary has become part of a saving group. She is able to save money and pay off debts.
Two children part of LEAP families eat fruit. Their families are able to afford better food. Evidence shows that food insecurity has decreased in LEAP households.
An elderly beneficiary of LEAP is showing her health insurance card. 90 % of LEAP beneficiares have access to free health insurance.
90 % of LEAP beneficiares have access to free health insurance.
An elderly beneficiary of the LEAP Programme in Ghana, thanks to the cash grants he receives every two months, can afford to hire a farm labourer to work on his farm.
LEAP families have been able to invest in agricultural inputs and livestock, increasing their productivity.
LEAP Families feel happier about their life. They have gained more self confidence and have become more self reliant.
The LEAP Programme has helped beneficiary households to pay for school feed and they can now afford to buy new uniforms for their children.