Economic development taken to grassroots level
Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the Deputy Minister of Local Government, has disclosed that Government is promoting an initiative called Local Economic Development (LED), to ensure a sustainable national economic growth and development.
He said the 2011-2015 Decentralization Policy, defined LED as, ‘the process by which local government, local businesses and other actors join forces and resources to enter into new partnership agreements with each others, or other stakeholders, to teach new jobs and stimulate economic activity in municipalities, towns and villages’.
Mr. Ankrah made this known at Mankessim in the Central Region, during a knowledge product advocacy meeting on Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Project (SRLP), noting that though LED will be driven by government, it needs the involvement of the private sector and civil society since “its success depended on our ability to mobilize public, private and non-profit actors”.
He further explained that the initiative is multi-sectorial and will evolve around other sectors of local development, including infrastructure, and the environment.
The SRLP programme organized by the Africa 2000 Network Ghana (ASNG), with support from the UNDP, seeks to sensitize partners about how these knowledge products have developed, since the implementation of the project and to deepen their use for development.
The SRLP was established in 2006 by the UNDP in the context of rural poverty in general, which continues to exacerbate the plight of people living in deprived areas, making them vulnerable, and powerless to break away from the vicious cycle of poverty.