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European Union funded Social Protection Component under #GESP Closes

The European Union funded Social Protection component under the Ghana Employment and Social Protection (GESP) Programme organised a closing event for stakeholders on 16 August 2022, after four years of implementation. The social protection component focuses on enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the social protection system in Ghana. The support forms part of a EUR 26 million Financing Agreement signed between the European Union and the Government of Ghana in 2018.

Mr. Massimo Mina, EU Head of Cooperation in Ghana with other dignitaries in a group photo after the closing event.

The GESP Programme has been contributing to inclusive growth in Ghana by strengthening social protection and employment systems that are key to promoting decent job creation, adequate skills development and effective social schemes.  

The project beneficiaries of the social protection component include, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Office of the Head of the Local Government Service, Centre for Social Policy Studies, Institute of Local Government Studies and the School of Social Work.

During its implementation period, the project in collaboration with its partners, supported 276 beneficiaries in Ashanti, Western and Western-North regions with technical training and start-up toolkits in 26 trades, including vegetable production, pig farming, poultry farming, aquaculture and electrical welding and fabrication.

As part of support to enhance capacity development for social protection delivery at national and local levels, the project supported the design and pilot of a Certificate course in Social Development and conducted a number of capacity building interventions at national and local levels.

In collaboration with the Ghana Civil Society Partnership on Social Accountability for Social Protection and UNICEF, the project conducted a citizen’s assessment of social protection delivery in Ghana.

The Social Protection Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System has benefited immensely from technical and financial support under the project with an M&E dashboard for social protection to be finalized before the end of 2022. The dashboard when completed, will provide information on social protection beneficiaries.

Within the context of the Global Gateway Africa – Europe Investment Package, the European Union aims to mobilise up to 150 billion in investments between 2021 and 2027 for Africa to support a strong, inclusive, green and digital recovery and transformation including accelerating sustainable growth and decent job creation. 

Over the next programming cycle, the EU will provide funding amounting to EUR 203 million for the period 2021-24 in the sectors of green growth for jobs, smart and sustainable cities and good governance and security to reinforce EU-Ghana partnership. 

The Joint Programming comprises one Team Europe Initiative (TEI): smart, green and digital recovery in Ghana. The TEI will contribute to the government’s transformation and recovery agenda with a focus on the transition towards a circular economy model, climate smart agribusiness, and inclusive and resilient urban development. The initiative will support the Paris Agreement’s objectives while creating sustainable jobs, promoting human capital development and the digital transformation, allowing reaching out to remote parts of Ghana.


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