Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) is a social protection intervention of the Government of Ghana with the aim of reducing extreme poverty by increasing consumption and nutrition, as well as promoting access to social services and opportunities among the extreme poor and vulnerable in the Ghana. As part of efforts to promote social accountability, human rights and active citizenship among beneficiary households, the LEAP Programme has developed a Beneficiary Charter of Rights and Responsibilities. The Charter outlines the rights and responsibilities of beneficiary household members and service providers. This is in recognition of the fact that often the rights of the extremely poor and vulnerable are prone to violation in the course asserting their rights and during service delivery. In view of the actual or potential abuse or violations of rights of especially LEAP households, the LEAP beneficiary rights and responsibilities Charter has been developed to guarantee and safeguard their rights. As LEAP households will be empowered to assert their rights; the Charter also reminds them of their responsibilities. To sensitize beneficiary households and other stakeholders on the Charter, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have been contracted to this assignment.
The engagement of CSOs for the sensitization is intended to enhance the independence and credibility of the sensitization processes. It is for this reason that the LEAP Management Secretariat organized a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for District Social Welfare Officers (DSWOs) and the CSOs across the country. The ToT workshops were organized simultaneously in four centres across the country on the 28th December 2018 – Tamale, Obuasi, Larteh and Mankessim. These centres were based on the zoning of the regions into: Northern (Upper East, Upper West & Northern Regions); Middle (Brong Ahafo & Ashanti Regions) South-West (Greater Accra, Western & Central) and South-East (Eastern, Volta & Central Regions). Additionally, the workshop provided participants especially the CSOs a thorough overview of the LEAP Programme including its targeting and enrolment procedures and Payment mechanisms.