The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has pre-launched the preparation of the 2022 District League Table (DLT).
The objective is to dialogue and inform national-level actors, especially Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on selected indicators and assess disparities.
The Deputy Director for Monitoring and Evaluation, NDPC, Mr Bright Atiase, who delivered a speech on behalf of UNICEF Ghana in Accra on Wednesday at the Dissemination of the 2021 edition and Pre-Launch of the 2022 DLT, said the partnership between UNICEF and the NDPC, as well as the Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS), University of Ghana, had yielded positive results.
“I am proud to say that this partnership has enhanced not only the ownership, reliability and acceptance of the DLT but has also opened up further opportunities for its use for other impact assessments and resource allocation frameworks of Government,” he added.
Mr Atiase admonished MMDAs to use the DLT to enhance social accountability and citizen participation in decision-making and monitoring of development investment at the local level through town hall meetings.
He noted that over the years, the DLT had helped the government to prioritise or target low-ranking districts, as well as weak sectors and indicators, during resource allocation processes at the national level.
“This year, the partnership with NDPC and the CSPS, Legon, intends to continue deepening engagements with other levels of government, including the Administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) and Members of Parliament to streamline resource allocations,” he disclosed.
Mr Atiase pledged that UNICEF would continue to support the government to achieve the SDGs.
The DLT is a tool developed for tracking national development and highlighting districts that are performing well and those which are handicapped in terms of the well-being of their population.
The findings from the assessment are used to review current frameworks for policy dialogue as well as generate concrete programmatic suggestions.
Patience Anaadem, ISD