The Government of Ghana is set to begin one-off cash transfers to poor persons as part of further COVID-19 relieve measures, according to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
This intervention is targeted at 125,000 specific vulnerable individuals and households across the country and will be made in two instalments in November 2020 and January 2021.
The mode of the transfer was not specified by the Ministry.
The beneficiaries are expected to include homeless persons in Accra and Kumasi, persons living with disabilities, persons in witch camps, persons affected by floods as well as other extremely poor and vulnerable persons in the poorest regions of Ghana.
A statement from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection indicated that the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) was responsible for determining poverty and vulnerability status as well as the eligibility of all potential individuals and households for the relief cash.
“Depending on their situation, each beneficiary will receive a one-off temporary GoG COVID-19 Relief Cash Transfer payment ranging from GHS 220.00 up to GHS 550.00,” the Ministry said.
“The support will enable beneficiaries to meet their basic nutritional needs and improve their livelihoods to protect themselves against the coronavirus pandemic while mitigating its impact of poverty reduction efforts in Ghana.”
Since March 2020, 77.4% of households reported a reduction in income while 52.1% have reduced their food consumption, according to the Ghana Statistical Service.
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