Message from National Coordinator
The Labour - Intensive Public Works (LIPW) programme is the major componenet of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP), a Social Protection Project started in 2011. It is being implememnted through the existing local government structures with the District Assemblies responsible for identification and actual execution of sub-projects (feeder /rural roads, small earthdams and dugouts and climate change change mitigation activities) Its key objectives are to (i) increase access to employment and cash-earning opportunities and (ii) improve the productive capacity of rural social infrastructure and other community assets. LIPW is distinguished by the high technical content of its planning, delivery and processes.
An important activity under the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP) is the creation of capacity at national, regional, district and local levels for the delivery of Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW). The effective and efficient delivery of LIPW requires strict compliance to a set of program rules at all stages and levels of implementation from subproject identification through the delivery of the benefits to the rural poor to post-completion arrangements; it calls for specific technical skills to tease out the optimum amount of cash that could be paid out to the rural poor and at the same time deliver high quality infrastructure. Public Works programs inevitably requires the employment of a large variety of functions by different actors at the different levels and stages of implementation hence the need for significant effort at capacity building to achieve the intended results.
Ghana’s major public works Social Protection (SP) program targeted at the rural poor, the Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW) program shall use an electronic system to pay the wages of all of its beneficiaries. The major challenge of SP program design in general is effectively ensuring that benefits (wages in the case of Public Works such as LIPW) reach the intended targeted beneficiary.Read More
Mr Baluwie Forsu, a 43year old man from Gwollu in the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region, was having sleepless nights on how to take care of his family until the introduction of the Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW) into his community in 2016. Mr Baluwie is a participant working on Gwollu to Jitong Feeder road under LIPW. Prior to his engagement in the LIPW...Read More
Social Protection does not have the benefit of a universally accepted definition. I share with you five (5) different definitions from literature. Social protection consists of policies and programs designed to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting efficient labour markets, diminishing people's exposure to risks, and enhancing their capacity to manage economic and social risks, ....Read More