Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


  • What is the GNHR? Open or Close

    The Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) is a unit of the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection with the mandate to establish a single national household register, a database of poor and vulnerable households.

  • Who is eligible to register? Open or Close

    Every household in Ghana is eligible to register and all households are encouraged to do so. The purpose of the register is to provide a database for Social Protection Programmes. Registered households will be categorized into “poor”, “vulnerable” and “non-poor” allowing the various social protection programmes to choose households for their different interventions.

  • How does an Individual or Household take part in the Registration exercise? Open or Close

    The Registration Exercise will commence in the Upper West Region. Subsequently, it will be rolled out in other regions. The general public will be informed about when to make themselves available for registration through the mass media and Community Focal Persons.

  • Will Registered Households Be Automatic Beneficiaries of Social Protection Programs in Ghana? Open or Close

    No. Inclusion on the GNHR database through registration does not guarantee automatic access to Social Protection Programmes. Registration only allows a household’s data to be available on a Register of Households from which respective Programmes will select their beneficiaries. Households which fail to register ARE NOT eligible to benefit from social protection programmes, even if they meet other criteria.

  • Some Households already benefit from existing programmes (e.g. LEAP. School Feeding etc) Do they need to take part in this registration exercise? Open or Close

    Yes. This is a new exercise to create a single national registry where all Social Protection Programmes will access household data for the purposes of beneficiary selection.

  • Who are some of the potential users of the GNHR? Open or Close

    Existing programs such as the under listed will be using the GNHR data base for beneficiary selection.
    • Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) & LEAP 1,000
    • National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)
    • Free School Uniforms/Free Exercise Books
    • Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP)
    • Labor Intensive Public Works Programme (LIPW)

  • How will complaints pertaining to the Registration Process be addressed? Open or Close

    There are some common complaints with data collection for the single register:
    1. Eligibility appeal: Households, which were declared non-poor, and therefore ineligible for social protection interventions, but who consider themselves eligible can appeal through the case management system. 
    2. Missed out/excluded households: Households whose data was not captured for one reason or the other can appeal through this system.
    3. Inclusion of non-poor households: Community members may lodge a complaint against households categorized as poor by the GNHR, but which have been identified as a non-poor household.

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