Mr Daniel Botwe, the National Board Chairman of CSPSP-GH, at a stakeholders meeting held in Accra after a recent field assessment trip in the Shai Osudoku District, said social accountability was not a fault finding mission but a mechanism to strengthen the demand side of delivering social protection services.

“By so doing we are able to take into consideration the priorities and concerns of the targeted group,” he said.

Mr Jeleel Odoom, the National Board Secretary of the CSPSP-GH, said during the pilot social accountability programme, it was observed that low understanding of the concept of LEAP was among the major problems retarding the progress of the effort in the country.

He said weak LEAP implementation structures, weak data management, non-existing names of beneficiaries found in the payment vouchers and lack of collaboration between LEAP stakeholders at the district level were some of the existing concerns.

Mr Odoom said the participation of citizens in the development, implementation and monitoring of social protection programmes is important in ensuring accountability, transparency and collaboration among stakeholders.

Mrs Joana Kyeremateng, the National Coordinator of CSPS-GH, said the research was an eye opener especially for the beneficiaries and we as a civil society organisation would be elated if this pilot effort is scaled-up.

He said there is the need to amongst others strengthen the voice of the beneficiaries and improve the delivery of social protection services, strengthen the institutional structures to maximise the impact on beneficiaries, and strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of the programme.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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