SEND GHANA in partnership with UNICEF have reiterated calls to government to prioritize budgetary allocation to the social sector and its allied agencies in the upcoming mid-year budget review presentation.
This was contained in statement signed by George Osei-Akoto – Bimpeh, Country Director for SEND GHANA.
According to the statement, “the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown most of the targets in 2020 budget statement and economic policy into disarray and has adversely impacted the welfare of all Ghanaians, with the poor and vulnerable people bearing the harshest brunt”.
In view of the ravaging nature of the pandemic, they proposed that government improves on its budgetary allocation to the undermentioned critical areas to cushion them against the shocks and vulnerabilities of the pandemic.
The proposals spanned across social protection and bothered on other safety net programmes like Planting for food and Jobs (PFJ), Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
They impressed on government to among others “release all 2020 allocations for Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection”. Release at least 90% of funds for policy and systems development including Child Protection and Social Welfare Information Management, improve budgetary allocation to health by at least 15% in tandem with the Abuja Declaration and also ensure accountability in the management of COVID-19 funds.
These proposals when considered, will “directly impact the livelihoods of the extremely poor and vulnerable households” and embolden government’s efforts at attaining the SDGs. It also called for strengthened partnership with CSOs in other to promote accountability in the management of COVID-19 funds.
SEND GHANA is a subsidiary of SEND Foundation of West Africa and envisions a country (Ghana) where people’s rights and well-being are guaranteed.