The Social Protection Directorate under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has held its 26th Session of the Social Protection Sector Working Group meeting on Tuesday in Accra.
The meeting sought to review and validate the draft Medium-Term Implementation Plan of the National Social Protection Policy and also to share with the committee a joint 2023 Work plan and Budget prepared by the Social Protection Inter-Sectoral Technical Committee (SPiSTC).
The Sector Working Group (SWG) on Social Protection (SP) is one of the key institutional structures at the national level, which is made up of Government Officials, Civil Society Organizations, Parliamentarians, Development Partners as well as Academia and other key stakeholders.
Addressing participants, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Lariba Zuweira Abudu indicated that the Ministry would engage all identified lead and collaborating agencies in the plan to ensure each institution appreciates their respective roles in the implementation of the National Social Protection Policy.
She was confident that implementing a harmonized workplan that highlighted the numerous counterparts within the SP interventions would be the only way to monitor and comprehend how SP systems influence beneficiaries.
The Deputy Minister for MoGCSP, Madam Francisca Oteng Mensah, expressed her gratitude to participants for their support and efforts to develop the Medium-Term Plan.
The finalization of the Medium-Term Implementation Plan according to her would accommodate a growing socio- economic and political development.
The SP Sector Working Group meet quarterly to share knowledge, identify and discuss key issues on social protection and poverty reduction in Ghana.
They broadly exercise policy coherence, oversight, rationalize social protection expenditure, information dissemination, review, and approve plans and budgets for onward transmission to Cabinet and Parliament.
Priscilla Nimako, ISD