Ghana: Ministry Pilots E-Payment Method
Ghana's Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGSCP) has rolled out a pilot electronic payment system for the beneficiaries of the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme in nine districts in the country.
The pilot, which is being implemented by three electronic payment service providers, MTN Ghana, Ghana Interbank Payments Systems Solutions (GhIPSS) and Aya Technologies, is expected to benefit more than 7 000 households.
MoGSCP Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, said the payments were migrated to electronic platforms to ensure efficiency and cost reduction.
“To ensure that the LEAP programme meets its objectives and ensure that state resources are utilised judiciously and effectively, we have developed a monitoring and evaluation system,” she said.
LEAP, a social intervention programme that involves the provision of cash transfers and health insurance to the poorest households in the country, is targeted at people who have no alternative means of meeting their subsistence needs and have limited productive capacity.
So far, the programme caters for 99 districts in the ten regions of Ghana.
The Ministry hopes to increase the number of beneficiary districts in future and also increase the number of vulnerable people who benefit from the programme from 74 347 to 150 000 by December 2014.