Gender Responsive Skills & Community Development Project
- Reference: P-GH-ID0-003
- Approval date: 19/12/2007
- Start date: 15/01/2009
- Appraisal Date: 31/10/2007
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN'S AFFAIRS
- Location: National
The project will be implemented over a period of five years (2009-2013 and will include the following components:(I) Institutional Strengthening for Enhancing Gender Mainstreaming,
(ii) Support to Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development and
(iii) Project Management.
The project objectives are
(i) improve national capacities for enhanced gender mainstreaming and
(ii) improve access to quality skills training for gainful employment and entrepreneurial development of women.
The project seeks to address promoting gender equitable development through a two-pronged approach. Institutional capacity will be strengthened for the MOWAC, selected line ministries and district assemblies. With the view to embedding gender responsive development planning which would further support the participation of women in defining development priorities. Capacity building of the staff of existing Bank projects will further help to accelerate the focus on gender sensitive project implementation and results orientation. The project will further focus on providing support to women and youth in developing marketable skills and enhance their access to financial and business development services inline with the emerging economic growth priorities of Ghana.
The project is based on the realization that women are major economic actors in Ghana. However, due to various constraints including institutional capacity for addressing the feminization of poverty at both national and local levels, women's inadequate skills and lack of access to resources, poor women in Ghana have not been able to pull themselves out of poverty. The design of the project recognizes the policy framework put in place demonstrating the commitment of the GoG for promoting gender equality and empowerment of women. Taking these factors into account, the project proposes to address the capacity gaps at the national and district levels, coupled with targeted intervention in an area that will have direct impact in improving women's gainful employment and entrepreneurship. Therefore, the project will address the institutional level barriers to gender responsive development planning and interventions that will address the immediate needs of women. The successful implementation of the women targeted interventions to improve women's marketable skills and entrepreneurship will build success cases for future replication of similar projects elsewhere in Ghana. The replication and sustainability of these micro-level interventions will rely on the strengths of the institutional capacity at all levels.
The Project will benefit poor women in Ghana and will be implemented nationally. The institutions responsible for gender related policies and strategies will benefit from capacity building activities of the project. A total of 4 professionals from the MOWAC will benefit from up to one year training abroad. Moreover, 16 directors and chief directors 80 staff from Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Departments of the central government structure, 250 planners and sector experts from the district administration level will be trained. The 50 districts will be selected based on criteria agreed upon with MOWAC and MLGRDE. It is estimated that close to 3.5 million women living in the selected 50 out of 130 districts will benefit from the institutionalization of gender into district planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation practices.
Close to 10,000 youth and women will benefit from improved vocational skills training services. In addition, 500 girls from poor families will receive scholarships to enroll in vocational training programs traditionally dominated by boys. Communities in the vicinity of the 25 training centers will be direct beneficiaries from the increased access to improved quality skills training. Similarly 512 vocational and skills trainers will benefit from the in-service training. Staff of business development service providers, NBSSI, MFIs and Department of Community Development will benefit from training activities. It is estimated that close to 4 million women will benefit from improved service delivery in financial and BDS services.
CHIKOKO Mulle - OSHD1