UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
FACULTY OF PLANNING AND LAND MANAGEMENT
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING
Social policy primarily refers to guidelines, principles, legislation and activities that affect the living conditions conducive to human welfare. Social policy often deals with wicked problems. Social Policy is defined as actions that affect the well-being of members of a society through shaping the distribution of and access to goods and resources in that society
It is sometimes referred as "public policy and practice in the areas of health care, human services, criminal justice, inequality, education, and labor.
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.. our goal is to enable every man and woman in our country to live a life of dignity in freedom’.
The PP thus set itself the task of finding solutions to the many social problems that confronted the nation.
Some of the social policies instituted by Busia’s Progress Party included the following:
a. Establishment of the ministry of social and rural development
Busia made rural development a priority area. To ensure the success of this policy, a separate ministry - Ministry of Social and Rural Development (the first of its kind in Ghana) was established.
A number of projects were launched to provide good drinking water, electricity and health facilities for rural communities. By 1972, a total of thirty-three projects, including one which was to make potable water available to twenty villages in the Apam area had been completed. This went together with a £3.5 million water project at Kwanyako near Agona Swedru and was to serve more than 44,000 inhabitants in twenty-two villages and towns in the Gomoa Akyempim area among many other prrojects.
b. The institution of a mid-wife training program
The health needs of the rural folks were of prime importance to Busia and therefore he sought to improve the health sector. In 1970, the Danfa Project, which was to train traditional midwives in hygienic delivery, was instituted to reduce still births and maternal mortality rates in the country.
2. General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong: (The National Redemption Council (NRC)/Supreme Military Council (SMC I): 1972 – 1978)
Ghana’s second attempt at democratic administration suffered a set-back when, as stated earlier, Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, then Commander of...