Vice President Amissah-Arthur said social protection was an important means for addressing poverty, vulnerability and exclusion, adding that, social protection produces social justice.
Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has said government would continue to expand its social protection programmes to enhance the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the society.
Speaking at the launch of the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) at the Premises of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Accra, the Vice President stated that the social protection interventions had the potential to improve the productivity of people and support domestic demand and stimulate economic growth.
The GNHR is a tool by government to establish a database of households from which all the social protection programmes in Ghana would select their respective beneficiaries.
The data from the registry can then be shared across social protection programmes.
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The Vice President Amissah-Arthur said a major challenge in the design of social protection interventions is the lack of data on welfare indicators.
He believed the launch of the GNHR would improve the targeting of interventions and contribute to eliminating the pockets of poverty that exist in the country.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur said recently, social protection programmes were becoming common throughout the world and the number of African countries implementing them between 2010 -2013 increased from 21 to 37.
He said social protection was an important means for addressing poverty, vulnerability and exclusion, adding that, social protection produces social justice.
Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, added that the purpose for the establishment of the GNHR was to create a record of households from which all the social protection interventions in the country could select their potential beneficiaries.
She said statistics from the registry would be used for public policy planning and management as well as research and development in the areas of social protection for the poor and vulnerable.
She said the single household registry would help to eliminate duplication in the selection of beneficiaries and thus, reduce cost.