Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW)
The Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW) programme is a social protection scheme under the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP) in about 60 beneficiary districts in Ghana. The objective of the LIPW programme is to provide access to employment and income-earning opportunities for the rural poor during the agricultural-off season.
OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT POLICY The overall goal of the National Employment Policy is an “improved living conditions of the economically active poor through expansion of income earning opportunities and accelerated local economic development”.
The policy was developed taking into account the historical antecedents of employment interventions implemented by governments since during the colonial and post-colonial eras. The demographic statistics and data available on Ghana also informed the analyses The Policy is expected to achieve four major objectives. These include:
• To create income earning opportunities for the rural and urban poor to reduce extreme poverty.
• To provide employable vocational and technical skills for the unskilled and semi-skilled labour force.
• To provide socio – economic infrastructure for sustainable local economic development.
• To promote private sector participation in job creation and sustainable local economic Development.
• To promote inter-agency coordination to facilitate implementation of LiPW Policy.
POLICY COMPONENTS The policy drivers of the National Labour intensive Public Works Policy are based on the Following policy components:
• Creation of job opportunities for the economically active poor.
• Transfer of employable skills
• Participation of the Private Sector
• Strengthening existing Social Protection Programmes
• Enhancing capacities for local economic development.