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Ghana,United States : WORLD BANK supports LEAP with $50 million

May 30, 2014

The World Bank approved a $50 million credit for the Ghana Social Opportunities Project aimed at extending the country s Labor-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) program from 49 to 60 districts.

The credit will help to scale up grants from 100,000 to 150,000 poor households through the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) program.

A National Household Registry will be set up to improve the targeting of social protection efforts in Ghana.

The Ghana Social Opportunities Project supports Ghana s efforts to fight poverty in the country s poorest regions and to ensure that poor and vulnerable households are not left as the economy grows.

This will build on Ghana s gains in decades, which includes reducing the poverty rate from 52% in 1992 to 28% in 2006, and help to make faster progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

The public works program has exceeded the number of beneficiaries targeted; with over 80,000 people benefiting, against a target of 13,000.

Climate change public works projects have the most labour-intensive, followed by small earth dams and dugouts, roads and social infrastructure.

Both the public works and household grant programs achieved excellent gender-targeted results.

60% of public works beneficiaries and 69% of household grant beneficiaries to have been female; these programs have helped to empower women and increase their income.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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