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An Assessment of the Prerequisites for a Social Welfare Information Management System in Ghana

by on May 27, 2020

An Assessment of the Prerequisites for a Social Welfare Information Management System in GhanaSince 2017, through financial support from the USAID Displaced Children and Orphans Fund, the MEASURE Evaluation project has collaborated with the Republic of Ghana’s Department of Social Welfare (DSW), USAID/Ghana, and UNICEF to assess, address, and monitor alternative care of children in Ghana in line with the United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, which serves to enhance the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In 2018, Ghana’s MOGCSP, with support from UNICEF, developed a concept note for an information system that would capture data for child protection and social welfare services. This system aims to strengthen the coordinated delivery of social services across the areas of social protection, community development, gender-based violence, justice for children, child protection, education, and health. Alternative care will be included in the system, with the plan to eventually provide access to RHCs.

The SWIMS will adopt an open-source case management software, developed by UNICEF headquarters, called Protection Related Information Management System, or “Primero.” This online platform is designed to be adapted to the country-specific context and can be configured to the specific system of child welfare services in Ghana.

To support preparations for the SWIMS deployment, MEASURE Evaluation gathered information for some of the requirements for the rollout of a national Ghana SWIMS. This report presents our findings.

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