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Regional News Sat, 30 Nov 2013

Gov’t will monitor LEAP payments – Oye Lithur

Government is to closely monitor monies paid out to poor people across the country in the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) Programme, to ensure maximum impact.

To this end, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection says government is setting up the National Targeting Unit to ensure that the right beneficiaries are reached.

The (LEAP) Programme was launched in March 2008 as a social cash transfer program to provide cash and health insurance to extremely poor households across the country to alleviate short-term poverty and encourage long-term human capital development.

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The sector Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, who made known the new intervention on the Citi Breakfast Show explained that the “World Bank has offered us $2 million and under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, we are creating a database where we have the social economic profiles of poor people.”

This she said will enable her outfit determine which specific districts and individuals need assistance from the LEAP.

According to Mrs. Lithur, the creation of the new database “will help in terms of value for money, but basically optimize government resources in determining who should receive social protection in a district.”

Source: citifmonline.com
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