The government, through the Integrated Social Services programme, has disbursed about GHC14.3 million to 160 District Assemblies between 2020 and 2023.
The Integrated Social Services (ISS) initiative seeks to strengthen inter-sectoral collaboration among social welfare, social protection and health actors to improve social service delivery at the local level.
The Chief Director at the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD), Mr Amin Rahaman, disclosed this when the Chief of Child Protection of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ms Lucia Soleti, called on him last Friday in Accra.
He said ISS aims to help address multi-dimensional poverty and vulnerability, with a strong focus on promoting linkages between health, child protection, sexual and gender-based violence and social protection services.
“The ISS was designed based on the Coordinated Programme and the National Medium-Term Development Policy Framework 2018-2021 (NMTDPF)
As key social services become increasingly dependent on administrative guidance and funding at local levels, the initiative seeks to ensure that the most vulnerable populations are not left behind by ensuring that the poverty and vulnerability of children and families are reduced through increased access to an integrated set of social services,” he noted.
On her part, the Chief of UNICEF, Ms. Lucia Soleti commended the Ministry for ensuring that children and families are protected under the ISS programme at the local level.
According to her, the ISS programme is to enhance the capacity of beneficiary Districts in terms of budgeting on critical social services such as strengthening access to health, outreach and linkages for the poor and vulnerable households.
She appealed to the Ministry to enrol reports on ISS activities at the district levels onto the District Development Data Platform (DDDP) and be part of District Assemblies Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT) indicators.
Grace Acheampong, ISD