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Ghana - Improving the targeting of social programs, Volume 1
Author:Wodon, Quentin; Country:Ghana;
Date Stored:2013/04/10Document Date:2012/09/22
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Primary Education; Teaching and Learning; Economic Theory & Research; Housing & Human Habitats; Knowledge for Development
Region:AfricaReport Number:76484
Collection Title:A World Bank studyVolume No:1

Summary: This 'improving the targeting of social programs for Ghana' study provides a diagnostic of the benefit incidence and targeting performance of a large number of social programs in Ghana. Both broad-based programs (such as spending for education and health, and subsidies for food, oil-related products, and electricity) as well as targeted programs (such as Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), the indigent exemption under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), school lunches and uniforms, or fertilizer subsidies) are considered. In addition, the study provides tools and recommendations for beer targeting of those programs in the future. The tools include new maps and data sets for geographic targeting according to poverty and food security, as well as ways to implement proxy means-testing. The purpose of this introductory chapter is to briefly synthesize the key findings and messages from the study.

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