Category: Social Interventions

Leadership That Cares Is The Leadership We Need

Leadership That Cares Is The Leadership We Need

The NDC has always been a party that truly cares for its people. As Social Democrats, we understand that the real purpose of governing is not enrichment for the few, but rather, to provide real opportunities and a good life for ALL of our citizens.

This means, most particularly, that we need to make sure that our most vulnerable citizens are cared for. The way that we treat our elderly, our children, our disabled citizens, women and others who have been disenfranchised is the true reflection of our heart as a nation. In an address yesterday, Nana Oye Lithur the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, demonstrated the massive impact the LEAP programme has for over 213,000 households across all 216 Districts helping make the lives of our most vulnerable citizens a little more comfortable. The programme now includes pregnant women and children under 12 months old. Another 50,000 households are due to come on to the scheme shortly.

We understand that creating “tax cuts” for the wealthiest people does nothing at all for those who need it most – in fact, cutting taxes from those who can afford it, reduces the resources we have available to take care of those in the most need.

Any one of us could, at any time, find ourselves in need of social protection and assistance. It is our job as government to ensure that this social protection safety net is in place, so that nobody falls through the cracks. In our drive towards progress and prosperity, we cannot afford to leave anybody behind.

This is why we’ve invested so heavily in social protection, through enacting legislation as well as implementing initiatives to protect and assist our most vulnerable. To date, the NDC government has made impressive progress in social protection, and the difference can be seen in the lives of our people.

Quick Facts:

  • We have: Halved extreme poverty 2 years ahead of the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline.
  • We have: Increased LEAP beneficiary households to 213,000
  • We have: Ensured that older citizens receive priority access to all social services, transport terminals, hospitals and banks.
  • We have: Provided gender-based resource centres in market areas.
  • We have: Enacted gender equality legislative initiatives including affirmative action, property rights of spouses, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Expanding Social Intervention, 2017 and Beyond

  • We will: Identify vulnerable people to be empowered as business owners
  • We will: Increase our LEAP beneficiaries by 350,000
  • We will: Continue registration of vulnerable people on the NHIS, enabling kayayei, the elderly and persons with disabilities improved access to quality healthcare.
  • We will: Target child-headed households, lepers, the aged and urban poor for social protection interventions.
  • We will: Change the Lives of Our Citizens!

We cannot forget those who cannot speak for themselves. We as the NDC will be their voice, and we say that leadership who truly cares is the only leadership that works for all of Ghana.


 

NDC policies are changing lives

We the NDC believe that a nation’s heart is reflected in their treatment of its most vulnerable citizens, the elderly, the infirm, children and the poorest in our society.  We are seeing results from our efforts over the last 4 years – our policies are literally changing lives.

Changing Lives, Transforming Ghana

We have transformed Ghana. We halved extreme poverty 2 years ahead of the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline. We increased LEAP beneficiary households to 146,074. Our support for persons with disabilities has been unmatched.

Our older citizens now receive priority access to all social services, transport terminals, hospitals and banks.

Women are the backbone and heartbeat of our nation. We have provided gender-based resource centres in market areas. Our gender equality legislative initiatives have included affirmative action, property rights of spouses, domestic violence and human trafficking. Providing a strong legal framework that women can rely on for support is crucial to our success as a nation and as women.

We’ve seen more and more women taking their rightful place in society at all levels, from government to business, from our schools to our homes and families – achieving our vision of Transforming Ghana cannot be done without the involvement and commitment to our women.

 

Read more about our focus on Women in Ghana.

 

2017-2021 Commitments: Expanding Social Intervention

Over the next four years, we will expand on social interventions and introduce additional initiatives to transform our society. We will identify vulnerable people to be empowered as business owners and increase our LEAP beneficiaries by 350,000.

Registration of vulnerable people on the NHIS will continue enabling kayayei, the elderly and persons with disabilities improved access to quality healthcare. Child-headed households, lepers, the aged and urban poor will also be targeted for social protection interventions. We will change the lives of our citizens.

Our most vulnerable citizens are relying on us as government to provide for them. This is our responsibility and our privilege.

A vote for the NDC means a vote for strong social protection for all our vulnerable citizens of Ghana.

 

 


 

Bringing the NDC Manifesto to all Citizens

The NDC and President Mahama once again deliver on their promise to support the more vulnerable members of our society.

Manifesto available in Braille

At a time when it would be easy to make promises and not deliver, President Mahama indeed delivers to those who are vision impaired by handing over a copy of the manifesto in Braille. The NDC is committed to the inclusion of all Ghanaians in the process of democracy recognising the important role that the visually impaired play in our society.

In addition, President Mahama handed over demonstration vehicles for physically handicapped members of our Nation showing that the manifesto is not just words on a page but a commitment in reality. Improving the lives of our physically challenged citizens is part of the manifesto on ‘Consolidating Social Protection’ and this initiative gives those that need to get to work the ability to do so easily.

Acknowledging the contribution of all citizens

“Ghana’s human resources are our Nation’s most valuable assets” and that includes all members of our society, physically, hearing and visually impaired people also provide invaluable human resources and we respect that and will help each and every one reach their full potential. Having the visually impaired understand our commitment and providing the first motorised transport solutions is the first step to inclusion envisaged by the NDC and the President as part of the next four years in office.

 

Initiatives for Transforming Lives

  •  Implement a graduation programme that identifies vulnerable persons to be trained and empowered to own their own businesses
  • Develop an enhanced national household registry that identifies vulnerable persons and extremely poor persons for support
  • Increase leap beneficiary households to 350,000
  • Improve access to quality healthcare by continuing to register vulnerable persons including indigents, kayayei, prisoners, aged persons and persons with disability on NHIS
  • Improve the targeting of social protection interventions to cater for excluded groups such as out-of-school children, child-headed households, people with severe disabilities, lepers and the aged and urban poor
  • Offer special assistance for the education of pupils and students with special-needs including, but not limited to, schools for the blind, deaf, autism and cerebral palsy
  • Introduce motorized transport (tricycles) for physically challenged persons. Demonstration models will be presented to the National Federation of Disabled Persons for evaluation
  • An additional 30% increase of the District Assemblies Common Fund reserved for Persons with Disability to cater for their free NHIS subscription.

To all of our most vulnerable citizens we say we respect you and we support you.