The Minister for Local Government, Mr Daniel Botwe, has inspected the Gulf of Guinea Northern Region Social Cohesion Project (SOCO) Ghana Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in Accra to see the progress of work.
The Minister was accompanied by the Global Sustainability and Inclusion Practice Manager at the World Bank, Mr Nicolas Perrin. Their meeting also provided an avenue to coordinate border-area investments and information and improve regional dialogues.
The SOCO Project is a sub-Sahel Regional project aimed at providing support for the northern parts of the Gulf of Guinea countries (Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Benin), which are hardest hit by fragilities due to food insecurity and climate change, conflict and violence.
SOCO is expected to help improve the socio-economic resilience of 48 targeted districts in the Upper West, Upper East, Northern, North East, Savannah and Oti Regions through various components in the form of investments in infrastructure, local economic development and youth engagement activities.
The project uses the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach where decisions for investments are taken by communities in a participatory manner, to promote a sense of ownership for the investments.
In a related development, SOCO has handed over fifty-two motorbikes, 33 laptops and five pickups to five Municipal Assemblies in the Upper West Region to enhance the implementation and monitoring.
Grace Acheampong, ISD