Functions

Functions of MSDI

1. Initiate policies and co-ordinate the implementation of plans, programmes and projects of the three development authorities.
2. Facilitate the improvement of the state of basic infrastructure at the constituency level, especially in rural and deprived communities,
3. Ensure the compatibility of plans, programmes and projects of the three development authorities and the social Investment Fund with the National Medium Term Development Plan issued by NDPC;
4. Undertake studies and strategic analyses of some flagship initiatives and make recommendations to the Presidency
5. Facilitate the establishment of mechanisms for the Agencies in ensuring transparent and accountable usage of resources in the development and implementation of initiatives;

Mandate

Mandate of MSDI

The Ministry of Special Development Initiatives (MSDI) was established by Executive Instrument (EI 28) and gazetted on 28th February, 2017 in accordance with Sections 11 & 13 of the Civil Service Act, 1993 (PNDC Law 327 and mandated to provide oversight responsibility to the three Development Authorities in the provision of basic infrastructure at the Constituency level through the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
IPEP is an innovative intervention of Government which aims at allocating to each constituency, the cedis equivalent of US$ 1 million annually to be invested in priority development infrastructure needs of the Constituency.
The three Development Authorities namely Coastal Development Authority (Central, Greater Accra, Western and Volta regions) Middle Belt Development Authority (Eastern, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions) and Northern Development Authority (Northern, upper East and Upper West regions) are the agencies of the Ministry responsible for implementation of IPEP. IPEP is in two folds; government priority projects and Constituency infrastructure need.

Directorates

POLICY, PLANNING, BUDGET, MONITORING AND EVALUATION (PPBM&E)
The directorate caters for the design and application of policy, planning, monitoring and evaluation systems for the purposes of assessing the operational effectiveness of the Ministry, its implementing departments and agencies as well as the activities of other key stakeholders in meeting the sector’s short, medium and long-term objectives and targets.
It is responsible for the design and application of monitoring and evaluation systems for purposes of assessing the operational effectiveness of the Ministry, its implementing departments and agencies as well as the activities of other key stakeholders in meeting the sector’s short, medium and long-term objectives and targets. Units under the directorate are:
I. Policy and Planning
II. Budget
III. Monitoring &Evaluation

RESEARCH, STATISTICS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (RSIM)
The directorate performs the following functions:
1. Create and maintain a databank of information on the sector for policy formulation and decision-making through the collection and analysis of data on operations, research and documentation.
2. Conduct research and seek for information and data to aid decision making relevant to the achievement of sectorial objectives and goals
3. Promotes the use of Management Information Systems and Information Communication and Technology Systems for a quicker transformation of the operations and services of the Ministry and its agencies.
4. Project the image of the Sector both within and outside the country by disseminating information.
Units under this directorate are: I. Research and statistics
II. Information Technology Management
III. Documentation and Library

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION (F&A)
The Finance and Administration directorate provides administrative, managerial, secretarial, logistical, finance and maintenance services to ensure the attainment of organizational goals. It establishes and implements financial policies, procedures for planning and controlling financial transactions of the Ministry.
The directorate performs the following functions:
1. Improve public expenditure management and budgetary control
2. Provide administrative support and ensure effective coordination of the activities of the various Units and Development Authorities under the Ministry
3. Efficiently manage the finances of the sector
4. Ensure timely disbursement of funds and submission of financial reports
5. Coordinate procurement processes and procedures
6. Ensure compliance with Audit recommendation
7. Improve management of the organization
8. Strengthen performance reporting
Units under this directorate are:
I. General Administration Services
II. Financial Services

PROGRAMMES COORDINATING DIVISION (PCD)
It is responsible for the design and application of monitoring and evaluation systems for purposes of assessing the operational effectiveness of the Ministry, its implementing departments and agencies as well as the activities of other key stakeholders in meeting the sector’s short, medium and long-term objectives and targets.

Management

HON. MAVIS HAWA KOOMSON,
is the Minister for Special Development Initiatives and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Awutu Senya East Constituency since January 7, 2013. She was born on 3rd February, 1966 and hails from Salaga in the Northern Region. She had her Teacher Training Education at the Bimbila Training College from 1987 to 1991 and then proceeded to the University of Education, Winneba, where she obtained Diploma in Basic Education in 2006 and a Degree in Basic Education in 2011. Hon. Koomson holds a Postgraduate Diploma certificate in Public Administration (DPA) from GIMPA in 2015 and later obtained her Masters ‘Degree in Public Administration with specialisation in International Relations and Diplomacy from GIMPA in 2017. She was a professional teacher for 21 years from 1991 to 2012 where she rose through the ranks of Assistant Superintendent in 1998 to Principal Superintendent in 2011. She became a head teacher from 2005 to 2012. During the period of her teaching career, she occupied various positions including president of Ghana National Association of Teachers Ladies Society (GNATLAS) (Sekondi local) from 2005 to 2006, treasurer for GNATLAS (Western Region) from 2003 to 2005 and Secretary for GNATLAS (Takoradi local) from 2002 to 2004. She has proven her worth locally and internationally over the years through the various seminars and workshops she has attended and contributed to and her involvement in professional organizations with regards to Education and public service. She serves on various Parliamentary Select Committees including the Select Committee for Lands and Natural Resources, Select Committee for Women and Gender, Business Committee and the Select Committee for African Parliamentary Union. She was sworn in as the Minister for Special Development Initiatives in February, 2017 by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. In May 2017, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson was named by the President as a member of his cabinet.

Mr. Kwesi Armo-Himbson
Mr. Kwesi Armo-Himbson is the Chief Director of the Ministry. He is a lawyer and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Ghana and a Post-graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. He has 29 years of experience in the Ghana Civil Service.

There shall be established in every Ministry a Ministerial Advisory Board. A Ministerial Advisory Board shall consist of the following persons:-
• The Minister responsible for the Ministry who shall be the Chairman
• The Deputy Minister(s) of the Ministry;
• The Chief Director and • Representatives of:
i. three Public Sector organizations and
ii. three Private Sector organizations With which the Ministry has the most dealings. The function of the Ministerial Advisory Board is to: • Promote constant interaction between the Ministry and its stakeholders; and
• Advise the Sector Ministry on adjustments in policy direction, Planning objectives and operational strategies.
A Ministerial Advisory Board shall meet at least once every three months, Minutes of meetings of the Board shall be submitted regularly to the Head of the Civil Service.

Vision

The vision of the Ministry is to eradicate poverty at the constituency and local level for the achievement of sustainable development

Mission

The Ministry exists to accelerate and upscale socio-economic development through of the three development authorities, namely, Northern Development Authority (NDA), Middle Belt Development Authority (MBA), and Coastal Development Authority (CDA) and the Social Investment Fund (SIF).

Objectives

The overall objective of the MSDI is to accelerate the implementation of policy initiatives of government to ensure the provision basic infrastructure at the constituency level for balanced growth. Specific objectives are:
• Promote inclusive and balanced growth at the constituency level
• Create avenues for job creation especially for the youth at the constituency level
• Address all forms of inequalities at the constituency level