Project profile — Support to Child Protection Programme in Ghana


UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (41122)
2014-03-24 - 2019-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ghana (100.00%)


• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population policy and administrative management (13010) (12.00%)
• Legal and judicial development:
Legal and judicial development (15130) (28.00%)
Human rights (15160) (30.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (30.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to better protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and discrimination by strengthening national child protection laws and policies, improving child and family welfare and justice services, and promoting positive and protective attitudes and behaviours towards children. The project includes: supporting the development of a National Child and Family Welfare Policy and a Juvenile Justice Policy; training child protection service providers on prevention measures and early child interventions; developing a revised social work curriculum; seeking the support of traditional and religious leaders for child protection, including child, early, and forced marriages; developing and implementing a comprehensive national birth registry with a specific focus on hard-to-reach northern areas; and helping the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit and selected courts become more child-friendly. The project focuses on the five most deprived regions of Ghana and expects to help 4.5 million children.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened national child protection system that protects children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and discrimination in the five most deprived regions of Ghana; and (2) strengthened delivery of justice services for children in Ghana.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2018 include: (1) the skills and competencies of over 860 child protection stakeholders (291 women) working in municipal district assemblies were improved through child protection case management training; (2) over 200 directors, planning officers and financial analysts from selected district assemblies received training on child protection inclusion, to better integrate the theme in their mid-term district development plans; (3) 16 out of the 20 earmarked districts have included child protection issues in their development plans, while nine of them dispensed funds for child protection interventions in their districts; (4) child protection was integrated into courses being offered by the University of Development Studies (UDS), Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS) in Wa, Upper West Region; and (5) the programme engaged directly with 908,860 Ghanaians on a wide range of child protection and sexual and gender-based issues, including child trafficking and child marriage.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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