The World Bank is leading the review of some major flagship policies of the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration.
The affected programmes include School Feeding Programme, Planting for Food and Jobs programme and its offshoots, the One district, One factory (1D1F) initiative and the Agenda 111.
The World Bank is in charge of the exercise as part of attempts to accurately evaluate the efficacy and financial implications of all social intervention programs currently in operation.
According to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, the review of the aforementioned programmes has become necessary in order ensure fiscal prudence in the quest for a $3 billion support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“I think we are doing a review to look at the efficiencies of all of these programmes and that has already kicked off,” he stated.
He further indicated that “as we then continue, we will make sure that these are run efficiently.”
According to him, “the issue of human capital is something that the government of President Akufo-Addo is completely committed to and clear about because that will always remain our future and also ensure social mobility for every Ghanaian.”
In June 2022, the Ministry of Finance stated that the free SHS policy and Agenda 111, among other government flagship programmes, won’t be canceled, despite the government’s decision to apply for an IMF bailout. The Ministry further stressed that the government would make sure that the IMF conditionalities have no bearing on pro-poor initiatives.