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.



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7 months ago

LEAP is being expanded in my community and we thank gov't for this

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7 months, 2 weeks ago

Planting for food for jobs policy should be linked to both Ghana school feeding programme and LEAP to make it a solid policy and interlinked for maximum impact

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7 months, 2 weeks ago

LEAP is a good way in reducing poverty.

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8 months ago

Leap disbursement for this period is n time and this should be maintained

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9 months, 3 weeks ago

Who qualifies under leap and what are the benefits?

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10 months, 4 weeks ago

This LEAP thing is good but gov't shd be serious in implemnting other programmes that will give people jobs.

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11 months ago

LEAP creates laziness and dependency

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11 months ago

I like this platform...easy to use and report incidents around policies. LEAP money should be increased. the current amount is a joke

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11 months ago

head porters (Kayayei), hawkers, beggars persons with disabilities, persons with mental health problems, families on the streets, displaced persons should all qualify under leap

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11 months ago

I dont agree that victims of national disasters should be added to the LEAP programme. Are those victims also going to be taken through the same selection criteria? Why cant the government compensate them once and for all like it is done with all disaster victims? This will only increase the wage burden on gov't

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11 months ago

Gov't should seriously consider increasing the LEAP payouts to ensure decent living for the beneficiaries so they can participate in public life.

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11 months ago

LEAP is a good idea but must be redesigned to wean the poor off the programme after a couple of years. they should not be made to depend on the state for the rest of their lives.

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11 months ago

Great to hear that gov't intends to expand this programme to get more poor pple covered

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1 year, 1 month ago

I don't agree with the LEAP concept as it encourages laziness and makes the poor poorer! gov't should create jobs for the pple

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1 year, 1 month ago

I see that the LIPW has ended. Is it being replaced by planting for food and jobs?

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1 year, 2 months ago

The amount is too small for the LEAP pple...increase it using some of the oil money

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1 year, 2 months ago

I hear some officials are asking for t&t from beneficiaries...please look into that

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1 year, 2 months ago

LEAP programme is good as it alleviates some of the hardsships faced by the poorest poor in s'ty but there shd be more education on how the poor can access it

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1 year, 6 months ago

The global policy conversation on how to address extreme poverty is shifting gradually from social protection to productive inclusion models. Eventually, the government of Ghana may have to exercise the difficult choice of rethinking its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program in order to accommodate new development thinking that promotes program sustainability.

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1 year, 6 months ago

Nii Nortey Owuo III, Osu Mantse, Has Supreme Court judgment Nii Kinka Okwei Dowuona VI, Has National House Off Chiefs extract please Minister Of Chieftaincy needs to explain on your show why The Is Two Osu Mantse its affecting Development in Osu Do We Have Corrupt Lawers In Ghana https://youtu.be/OFbZGuCVvUc

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1 year, 7 months ago

LEAP is good and hope NPP will increase de amount and also pay more regularly - AshMA

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1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks for letting us know gov't is going to pay leap money for jan/feb

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1 year, 9 months ago

Politicization of this program should be halted by the officials

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1 year, 9 months ago

Most of us dont understand how this interventin works. the assembly shd create more awareness for us in Nkroful so we can educate the illetrates amongs us to benefit as well

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1 year, 9 months ago

Payment should be made on time and should be done monthly, 2 months wait for such a small money is not good enough. The poltics in should be taken out