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Government Interventions UN expert says 1D1F, $1m Per Constituency won’t reduce poverty

A UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston said that even though the flagship policies of the governing NPP will stimulate the economy it will not get rid of poverty.

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UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston

A UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston has said that the government of Ghana’s poverty and employment interventions would not have any significant effect on poverty.

Mr Alston said that even though the flagship policies of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will stimulate the economy it will not get rid of poverty.

 “The Government claims that the economic stimulus provided by these programmes will automatically cut the country’s high rates of poverty and growing rates of urbanisation, but the main beneficiaries will be people with capital, and those who are politically well-connected.”

Alston’s comments mark the presentation of his report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 June, on his 10-day fact-finding visit to Ghana in April 2018 during which he examined the country’s policies including “one factory, one district”, “one village, one dam”, and “one constituency, one million dollars”.

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“There is nothing in the design of the schemes to suggest they are capable of generating the sort of large-scale employment opportunities, or training for unskilled workers that would be needed to make a significant contribution either to eliminating extreme poverty or relieving urban crowding.”

“Inequality in Ghana is on the rise. It’s estimated that the number of millionaires in Ghana will increase by 80 percent in the next decade, while almost a quarter of the rest of the population will continue to live in poverty,” said the expert.

“Ghana currently spends only 1.4 percent of GDP on social protection. By comparison, other similar countries in sub-Saharan Africa spend 50 percent more, or an average of 2.1 percent."

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“Around 90 percent of spending by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protections’ (the key Ministry for implementing social protection programmes) is said to come from donor partners. However, donors have indicated that social sector aid is very likely to fall in the context of the Government’s push for a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’.

“This places the country’s vital social protection programmes at great risk of being eroded unless dramatic steps are taken to change the existing approach. Even the IMF has stressed Ghana’s need to protect social spending,” warned Alston, who released a separate report criticising the Fund.

“The bottom line in Ghana is that more revenue could very easily be generated if the political will existed, and even a small amount of it could be used to provide serious and sustainable financing for an expanded package of social protection measures that would make large inroads against poverty,” the Special Rapporteur stressed.

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