Welcome to the LEAP Programme
I am pleased to welcome you to the official website of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme. At the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, one of our key objectives is to improve the socio-economic status of the vulnerable and the excluded through targeted interventions. To achieve this objective we are implementing the LEAP Programme in all the 216 districts in Ghana.
LEAP, is a social cash transfer programme that provides cash grant to the extremely poor households across the country. Its main aim is to alleviate short-term poverty and encourage long-term human capital development.
The implementation of the LEAP Programme represents government of Ghana’s vision of creating an all-inclusive society through the provision of sustainable mechanisms for the protection of persons living in situations of extreme poverty, vulnerability and exclusion.
Since its inception in 2008 by the then NPP Government, the LEAP Programme has expanded from 1,645 beneficiary households in 21 districts in 2008 to 213,044 beneficiary households in 216 districts. We are working relentlessly to ensure that 350,000 extremely poor and vulnerable households in are covered under LEAP, by early 2018.
Our focus as a Government is to further improve the programme through productive inclusion for LEAP households and also link beneficiaries to other complimentary services
LEAP has so far had a positive impact on the lives of the beneficiary households. Households under LEAP are now able to meet their food consumption needs, which results in an overall improved nutritional status of their members. Beneficiaries also experience increase in food security and are engaging in diverse economic activities, which are being funded by their accumulated savings made from the cash grants. In addition, school enrolment for children of school going age in these poor communities benefiting from the LEAP cash grants has increased considerably.
We are extremely grateful to our development partners; Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank for their support to the Programme. We also acknowledge the support of the National Health Insurance Authority in registering all our beneficiaries free of charge on the National Health Insurance Scheme.
I am confident that you will find the resource and information we have provided on this website useful.