No conferences and events organised and sponsored by the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection would be held in a hotel from henceforth, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
This follows a ban placed on such conferences by the minister, Cynthia Morrison except for programmes where funding has been pre-arranged or already concluded.
According to a report YEN.com.gh sighted on Adomonline.com, the minister has directed that these programmes must be held in communities where the beneficiaries and other stakeholders reside.
The order is expected to increase public engagement and efficient execution instead of the usual practice of transporting a few of them to Accra and other big cities, cutting off mostly the ordinary people who often are the target of their programs.
Mrs Morrison said both her office and donors attention has been drawn to the increasing cost of event venues for workshops and outreach programmes, a cost she said could judiciously be used for other very crucial social intervention programmes in communities where the need is more pronounced and the impact more real.
“I know people will not like me for this decision but we have to spread the benefit to more of those who need it instead of spending it in fanciful hotels,” she added.
“It is very heartbreaking to see a huge amount of monies being spent on hotels after hotels for conferences when that money can be used to start a small shelter or added to the school feeding budget or even LEAP to benefit the poo of the poor.”
The directives from the minister, the report added, have attracted praise from officials of UNICEF, UNDP and the UNFPA who have been engaging Ghana’s delegation on the sidelines of the United Nations Social Development conference, ongoing in New York.
Most of these development partners are optimistic about Ghana’s social programmes but spoke plainly about the need for Ghana, having attained a level of middle-income status, to increase its budgetary allocation to existing social intervention programmes to justify additional funding from donor partners.
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