|AUTHOR||Dr. Sonya M. Sultan and Tamar T. Schrofer|
|ORGANIZATION||Department for International Development|
|TOPIC||Child-sensitive social protection|
In the last few years, Ghana has launched a number of social protection programmes, such as the National Health Insurance Scheme, the school feeding programme, and now the Livelihoods Empowerment Against Poverty social grants programme. It has also developed a National Social Protection Strategy meant to provide an overarching policy framework to ensure coordination and complementarity between all these programmes. This paper will examine the context in which these programmes were designed and launched, and how sufficient political support was generated to ensure financing of these programmes through the government budget. In particular, the paper will examine how support has been generated for a social grant targeted at the extreme poor, despite initial resistance to poverty targeting, and broader resistance to what was seen as "free cash for the poor" by many. It will also examine how different players have influenced the policy debate on social protection.