The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the National Development Planning Commission would launch the third edition of the District League Table (DLT) in November 2021.
The DTL is a simple ranking tool for assessing and tracking development in the 260 Metropolitans, Municipal and District Assemblies in Ghana.
It ranks districts in terms of the level of citizens’ wellbeing in relation to access to health, education, water and sanitation, energy, road and digital infrastructure, security, social protection and governance.
At the prelaunch of the third DLT in Accra, a Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Ghana, Mr Charles Dzradosi, said the NDPC in 2017 began the District League Table (DTL) to ensure that the government gained a better understanding of the status of development across the country.
He said that would make the government know the level of development across each assembly so that national resources would be shared equitably to address inequalities in the country.
He said figures from the previous DLTs had shown significant inequalities in wellbeing and development across the country, therefore, the need to address them.
“The DTLs have shown that it is necessary to allocate resources equitably so that challenged districts get greater support; they have also shown that even though district assemblies are not directly responsible for allocation of most resources for social services, their leadership are critical,” he added
He hinted that NDPC and UNICEF have proposed integrating the DLT into the allocation formula used by the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) to equitably and effectively allocate resources.
He said the DLT could be adopted as one of the official assessment tools on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other development goals of the country.
This year’s DLT (DLT III) is on the theme: “Developing the District Analysis Table for Child-Responsive Inclusive Development as a tool for promoting national and district level accountability for achieving the SDGs”.
As the theme suggests, it would focus on inclusive child development. It would cover 32 indicators, including skilled attendant at delivery and under-five mortality rate, final exams pass rate, recorded cases of child marriage, recorded cases of child trafficking and abuse, and the proportion of schools with access to computers and internet services.
Ishmael Batoma, ISD