Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Program Impact Evaluation

The purpose of this report is to provide impact estimates of LEAP on a range of household and child level outcomes


Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) is a social cash transfer program which provides cash and health insurance to extremely poor households across Ghana. The program’s objectives are to alleviate short-term poverty and encourage long-term human capital development.

LEAP started a trial phase in March 2008 and then began expanding gradually in 2009 and 2010, and currently reaches over 70,000 households across Ghana with an annual expenditure of approximately USD 20 million. The program is funded from general revenues of the Government of Ghana (50 percent), donations from the Department for International Development, United Kingdom (DFID) and a loan from the World Bank, and is the flagship program of its National Social Protection Strategy. It is implemented by the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

The primary outcomes of interest at the household level are consumption and non-consumption expenditure and enrollment in the NHIS. At the child level, the primary outcomes are school access and health access. The Conceptual Framework for the study is presented in Appendix 1. The results of this study will help to inform the implementation of the LEAP program.


Handa, S.; Park, M.; Osei Darko, R.; Osei-Akoto, I.; Davis, B.; Daidone, S. Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Program Impact Evaluation. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA (2014)


Published 1 February 2014