Collaborate with researchers in monitoring and evaluation of social protection policies – UG vice-chancellor tells government

University of Ghana Vice-Chancellor Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo called on government agencies to collaborate with University researchers in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social protection policies.

She said such collaboration would seal the gaps identified in the implementation of social protection policies in the country.

Speaking at the University of Ghana alumni conference in 2021, Prof Amfo warned that Ghana “will literally run money down the drain” if social protection policies, implemented by government, are not properly assessed.

“An effective way to monitor will be to collaborate with researchers because we will have to rely on credible data that will allow us to graduate the people who are on these policies because what we basically have is welfare. Here at the University of Ghana we have many brilliant researchers in our institutes, centers and departments, ”she said Thursday.

“We have the expertise to provide the credible data that will inform policy first, its implementation, and then its monitoring and evaluation so that we can see a productive use of our money,” added Professor Appiah Amfo.

His statement comes after Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei-Opare called for the development of measures to address the poor coordination mechanism that was affecting social protection policies in the country.

Give the conference entitled “Social protection in Ghana: are we on the right track?” The former University of Ghana lecturer admitted that some of the programs that were still underway faced challenges.

Some of those challenges, she says, include budget constraints and targeting inaccuracies.

In particular on the Livelihoods Against Poverty Empowerment Program (LEAP), Frema Osei-Opare said there was an “urgent need to develop and implement an exit and reclassification strategy for create more space for others to benefit from the intervention ”.

She also added that although the lives of some beneficiaries had improved significantly with constant support, it was difficult for these people to be identified and graduated from the program.

Professor Appiah Amfo congratulated successive governments for implementing such programs.

She said this was one of the various ways we can bridge the equality gap as well as overcome poverty.

Joel C. Hicks