The Design Mission is grateful to the Minister. Ministry of Manpower. Youth and Employment (MMYF’s) and especially the Deputy Minister of MMYE Hon. Madam Frema Osei Opare for giving us the opportunity to contribute to design of the implementation arrangements for LEAP and for their invaluable support in the course of our work . We are deeply grateful to Mrs. .Angela Asante Asare, Coordinator of the National Social Protection Strategy at MMYE for her tireless management of the work of the Design Mission.
The team is also grateful to Mr. Mawutor Ablo also of MMYE. In many respects some development partners have played key roles in making this assignment possible including Dr Sonya Sultan at DfID and Ms. Tamar Schrofer and Mr. Eric Okrah at UNICEF, and other members of the Vulnerability and Exclusion Sector Group. The Deputy Director General at the Ghana Statistical Service, Prof N.N.Nuamah and his staff were extremely supportive of the requests for data for which we are grateful.
We similarly enjoyed considerable cooperation from the Department of Social Welfare (DSW), with special reference to Mr. John Ankrah (Ag. Director); Deputy Directors- Mr. S. Adongo (Child Rights Protection);Mrs. M. Kutsoati (Justice Administration); Mr.Bissaba (Community Care); Mr. Lawrence Ofori-Addo; Mr. Nat Khing Tackie, Mr. William Ninyuni DSW staff (Professional, adnunistrative) at headquarters, especially Ms. Edem Anassah all in the LEAP Secretariat.
Others have played instrumental roles in the execution of this assignment including a Brazilian team of technical advisors provided by the Government of Brazil and the indelible support of DfID and the International Poverty Centre (IPC). DSW staff at the Central Regional office in Cape (Mast and in the following Districts in the Region Mankessim, Awutu-Efutu-Senya, and Agona districts were very helpful; and in the North the DSW staff at the regional office in Tamale and in the district offices in Savelugu-Nanton, Tolon -Kumbugu provided the team with lot of assistance.
The team is also grateful to the DSW staff in Bawku and the District Coordinator Director at the Bawku Municipal Assembly for their support. Others include Ministry of Educauon, Mr.G.O. Atrani (Director of Planning-Budgedng-Monitonng-Evaluation PBME); Ministry of Health (MOIIVTBME Director- Mr. Edward Addai; Ghana Commercial Bank - Mr. Martin Mensah Deputy Financial Managing Director; Ghana Post Company Ltd. (Mr. Kofi Dua-Adonteng-Managing Director); Ministry For Women ami Children’s Affairs Mr. Valentine Kuuzome-Chief Director and Mr. Modey Director of Administration.
We gained considerable insight from various NGOs including - ActionAid; Plan Ghana; Catholic Relief Services, Christian Children’s Fund, Cdn. Social Investment Foundation (SIF)
Ellen Bortei Doku Aryeetey
On behalf of the Design Mission Team
26"’ November 2007