The World Bank Ghana
In Ghana’s cities, there are many extremely low income households. They include male and female urban poor youth, rural-urban migrants and persons with disability. The Complementary Livelihood and Asset Support Scheme (CLASS) program a component of World Bank’s Ghana Productive Safety Net Project 2 (GPSNP 2) intends to better serve these disadvantaged groups. To do so, it is essential to map out their current (financial) needs. And to understand which social protection mechanisms, livelihoods interventions and financial services are currently accessible to them.
The World Bank commissioned MDF West Africa, with partner IDEMA International Development Management, to conduct this needs assessment. It will inform how to best design and implement an economic inclusion program, through CLASS. Between May and December 2022, we conducted a survey with 450 respondents, held focus group discussions with 200 vulnerable people across five capital and two secondary cities, did interviews with 51 key informants such as national ministries, local government units, NGOs and businessservice providers.
Finally we organized a sense making workshop attended by 45 participants to jointly validate the initial findings. The report is available and CLASS programming will continue in 2023.