Hon. Ministers of State, Regional Minister, Deputy Regional Ministers, Members of Parliament present, District Chief Executives, Traditional Rulers, Staff of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection, Invited Guest, ladies and Gentlemen.

It is gratifying to see the day for the official launch of data collection Exercise of the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR)

The Government of Ghana (GoG) through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) established the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) to ensure that social protection benefits get to the people who really need them. The GNHR therefore has a mandate to establish a single national household register from which all social protection programs  in Ghana will select their beneficiaries to enhance efficiency and prevent duplication in other SP programmes. It would further enhance   

    • Efficient program monitoring
    • Reduced double registration
    • Increased transparency and accountability
    • Seamless and efficient transfer of data
    • Enhanced quality of operations and services for field officers
              Baseline Data for future programs

Poverty has no colour as Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba would always say. There is therefore a need for a scientific identification and categorization of the vulnerable in Ghana. We cannot continue to select beneficiaries of social protection programmes in ways other than households that truly need it. The proxy means test by the GNHR therefore helps in using verifiable indicators to categorize households as Poor, Not Poor and Extremely Poor.


So how did all evolve, There was a

  • Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) – 2004
  • National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) – 2007, LEAP
  • The World Bank study on Targeting Efficiency and Effectiveness of SP interventions in Ghana – 2010
  • Rationalisation Study on SP in Ghana – 2012

All these studies had one common recommendation:

  • The Establishment of a Standardized Targeting Mechanism
    • Creating a Central Institution for this purpose
    • The GNHR must therefore quickly position itself as the center for targeting as captured in the SP policy.
  • In the year 2015, GNHR was birthed and has since been able to deliver data in the Upper West Region.

Available data from the Upper West Region points to So far,

56.59% - extreme poor, 23.06% - poor and 20.35% - non-poor.

39.84% - benefit from SP programs. Data also available on; disabled elderly and children in school, sources of drinking water, households’ toilet facilities and other important socio economic data. This is not only important for SP programmes but key stakeholders like the MMDA’s, academia, NGO.s and other civil society groups.

The GNHR electronic devices in its Data collection exercise and has a functional Management Information Service that is able to manage the data collected.

GNHR has collaborated with UDS, GSS, and ISD in the recruitment, training and public information campaign of its activities. We have also started engaging the NIA in ways we can complement each other as far as data collection and sharing is concerned.

GNHR would therefore position itself as a data hub as well as an effective targeting center for all SP programmes in Ghana.

The GNHR is therefore grateful to all present today to help in the launching of its data collection exercise in the 13 districts of the Upper East Region.