Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP)
The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) is a cash transfer programme introduced by the Government of Ghana (GOG) in 2008, for extremely poor and vulnerable households which have the following three categories of eligible members:
- Orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) or,
- Persons with severe disability without any productive capacity and
- Elderly persons who are 65 years and above
The project began with 21 districts within which 1,654 recipient households were covered, the grant ranged from GH₵ 8 to GH₵ 15 each month. The scope of LEAP grew to 99 districts from all 10 regions, covering 74,000 households as of the November 2013 (African Development Programme, 2014).
As at June, 2016 - 146,074 households have benefited from LEAP translating to 811,754 individuals or household members.
Revenues from the Government of Ghana, the Department of International Development (DFID) of the U.K government and the World Bank are sources of finance to the LEAP scheme under the management of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. The department of social welfare collaborates with district assemblies and community stakeholders to undertake the LEAP project.