Dennis Puorideme is my name and I am from Ghana. I hold a Master of Science degree in Development Planning and Management (SPRING) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana) in 2010 and a B.A Integrated Development Studies from University for Development Studies (UDS, Tamale-Ghana) in 2005. I was employed by the University for Development Studies in 2006 as a Senior Research Assistant after a one year mandatory National Service with the same university. In 2011, I was upgraded to the position of a Lecturer at the University for Development Studies, Wa Campus, after a successful completion of my second degree programme in 2010.
I have been teaching in the Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, Wa Campus prior to my enrolment into the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University as a PhD student. I have a strong research interest in poverty and social justice with special ability in Development Planning.
My PhD study in the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University is focus on “Social Protection, Poverty and Vulnerability in Northern Ghana; the case of Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) in Ghana”.
Ghana has achieved favourable socio-economic growth over the years. On the contrary, statistics show persistently high levels of poverty in the three northern regions of Ghana. The incidence of poverty in the three northern regions is higher than the national average.
In response to the incidence of poverty and vulnerability in Ghana, various governments have designed and implemented social protection programmes like the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2003 and Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) in 2005. The latest addition to the list of social protection programmes in Ghana has been the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), which has been operational since 2007. Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) provides cash transfer and health insurance to extremely poor households across Ghana to alleviate short-term poverty and encourage long-term human capital development. The major target groups include orphans and the aged.
In spite of the implementation of the LEAP programme over the last eight years, extreme poverty is still rife among vulnerable households in Ghana. More worrying is the incidence of poverty and vulnerability among the target population of the LEAP programme.
This study, would explore the factors and process that produce and reproduce poverty and vulnerability, and the effectiveness of LEAP in addressing poverty and vulnerability towards the socio-economic and political advancement of beneficiaries in Northern Ghana. In terms of methodology, the study would be investigated using qualitative methods and discourse analysis.
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