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Japan Social Development Fund Project

The Japan Social Development Fund Project (JSDF) is a two million, seven hundred and fifty two thousand and five hundred United States Dollars (US$2,752,500) grant assistance by the Japan Government to the Government of Ghana.
The JSDF project aims at providing support to rural income generation of the poorest of the poor located in selected communities in 8 districts in the Upper East Region of Ghana.

Project goals and objectives
The project development goal is to improve incomes of the extreme poor households by providing them with skill development, extension and micro-finance support to empower them to manage their small farm and non-farm activities more productively and sustainably.

Project Geographical Coverage Area
The Japan Social Development Fund Project shall be piloted in selected communities in 8 districts in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Namely:
i.    Bawku West District;
ii.    Talensi District; 
iii.    Kassena-Nankana West District; 
iv.    Garu -Tempane District; 
v.    Bongo District; 
vi.    vi) Builsa North District; 
vii.    Builsa South District; and 
viii.    NabdamDistrict.  
These are districts in which the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP) is operating by providing Labor Intensive Public Works (LIPW) and conditional cash transfer through the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) program.

Project Components
The project consists of two broad components namely:
Component 1: Business Management Support to Community Interest Groups (CIGs) for Their Income Generation Activities
This component will provide business support to the Community Interest Groups (CIGs) for their income generation opportunities and will have four sub-components: 
     Promoting awareness of income generation opportunities; 
     Providing necessary training in skills and business management to CIGs;
     Providing follow-up business advisory services to CIGs; and 
     Providing small grants to CIGs.  

Component 2:  Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Knowledge Dissemination
This component will fund costs associated with (a) Support to carry out Project management and administration, including: 
     financial management; 
     participatory strategic planning for sustainability and mainstreaming; 
     environmental assessment; and 
     Administrative costs, including coordination with the implementing partners (service providers); and carrying out monitoring and evaluation and knowledge dissemination activities to cover Project monitoring and reporting and conducting an impact evaluation of the Project.

Other income generation intervention under GSOP JSDF project complement and collaborate
The JSDF Project will complement the implementation of the Labour Intensive Public Works programme and the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme under the GSOP.
The project will also collaborate closely with the Government of Ghana funded Complementary Income Generation Scheme being piloted under the GSOP.

Key project Partners and Stakeholders
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) is the lead execution Ministry. The MLGRD is implementing the project through the Bolgatanga Regional Coordinating Office of GSOP in close partnership with the National Coordinating Office of GSOP.

Other collaborating and cooperating agencies are the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, Participating District Assemblies, Decentralized Institutions such as the District Business Advisory Centres of NBSSI, District Department of Agriculture, District Department of Cooperatives, Dept. of Women and Children, Rural Community Banks and Non-Governmental Organizations/ Community based organizations.

Project Duration
The project would be piloted over a three (3) year period

Procedures for Requesting for Support  
The steps to be followed in requesting for support from the project are: 
1. Approach the District Assembly  directly  through the Head of  District Business Advisory Centre of NBSSI 
2. Request for application form at no cost to applicant 
3. Fill the application form 
4  Submit filled and completed application form to  District Office  of  BAC /NBSSI