The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is in the process of establishing a national targeting system unit that will serve as a single registry database of the extreme poor and vulnerable in the country.
The sector minister, Nana Oye Lithur, who announced this at a media briefing on the upcoming 34th cycle payment of the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) Programme for November and December 2014, said the database will be used by all social protection interventions to select and enroll beneficiaries for their respective interventions.
She said government is implementing a number of pro-poor interventions through different sector ministries, under the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS).
Nana Oye Lithur said her ministry, from January 26th to 30th, 2015, will make the maiden payment in 2015 to 89, 610 beneficiary households on the LEAP Programme out of the 90,785 households enrolled in 144 districts in all the ten regions of the country.
LEAP is a flagship of government’s social protection interventions that supports three main categories of extreme poor and vulnerable populations namely orphans and vulnerable children, severely disabled persons without a productive capacity and the elderly poor without any source of support.
The ministry has successfully undertaken 33 regular payments in 103 districts and 7 cycles of electronic LEAP payment to its beneficiaries in nine districts across the nation.