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The Department of Community Development (DoCD) is one of the Departments under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) charged with the mission of promoting and ensuring the improvement in the living standards of the people in the rural areas and the disadvantaged sections of the urban communities through their own initiatives and active participation. The Department, therefore, promotes the socio-economic well-being of the rural communities, the disadvantaged and urban poor within a decentralized administrative system.
The primary focus is on assisting the vulnerable and socially excluded in order to improve their situation by building on their own initiatives and assets. The mandate of the Department of Community Department is charged with the responsibility of facilitating the enhancement of living standards of the communities in Ghana. However, the Department of Community Development and Department of Social Welfare are merged at the district level as one department.