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GNHR Targets 112,000 Households in Upper West

Upper West Region, WaNana Oye Lithur, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection has described the Single National Household Register for social programs as a game changer in the effective and well-coordinated management of social protection in the country.

According to her, the register will ensure that the right people are targeted for any social intervention program and the impacts of such supports properly and effectively monitored and measured.

“The benefits of the single national household register are numerous. The register will ensure that we have a face, a name, an address and socio-economic characteristics of households in Ghana. The benefits also go beyond social protection programmes”.

About 112,000 households are being targeted for registration in the Upper West Region which is known to be the most poverty endemic region in Ghana.

She said the initiative is in fulfillment of the government’s manifesto promise that will as a social democratic government develop an integrated programme for the registration of all persons into a common database for social protection targeting. 

She stated that globally social protection has proven to be an effective strategy in poverty reduction and closing inequality gaps with some good results in countries like Brazil where poverty has reduced drastically as much as half. “And this was achieved using the single registry of beneficiaries in the management of their social protection programmes.
“With a single national household register we will achieve an effective coordination among our social protection programs and make it possible for households to benefits from more than one social protection intervention simultaneously. This way, the graduation of households out of poverty permanently can be achieved with ease”, she added.

The National Coordinator, Ghana Social Opportunity Projects said for best results they used international Competitive Tendering procedures to select a  Data Collection and Software Solution (DCSS) firm, Messrs Genkey Solutions BV of the Netherlands and with support from their local partners, Messrs. Esoko designed a comprehensive data collection method for the exercise.

Over 1,400 persons across the 11 districts in the region have been recruited as field staff who will serve as community focal persons, enumerators, Enumerator Supervisors and District Coordinators who have been trained for the actual field work.

According to him, the entire data collection will be paperless using the census approach with enumerators going from house to house using electronic with the capability to take photographs, scan fingerprints an ID cards. Data on each household biometric, demographics and other socio-economic characteristics collected from the field will be transmitted directly to computers in Accra for processing.