National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Program (NAELP)

The National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme for illegal miners (NAELP) is an initiative of the Government of Ghana under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. The programme is a response to the upsurge of displaced illegal miners and victims as a result of the government’s efforts to sanitise the mining sector.  Inaugurated on 25th October 2021, the programme is targeted at creating alternative livelihoods to improve the economic circumstances of victims for sustainable national development for a period of five (5) years.

NAELP Coordinator, Dr. Carol Serwaa Donkor


Our overarching mission is to design and implement pathway programmes for illegal miners and those whose livelihoods have been affected by the government’s operations against illegal mining activities. 

Through our six modules, our mission is to:

  •  Create sustainable employment and alternative livelihoods 
  •  Restore lands that were negatively impacted by illegal mining activities 
  • Promote responsible, viable and sustainable  small-scale mining 


We aim to provide sustainable alternative livelihoods for illegal miners and people affected by the sanitization of the mining sector while restoring lands that were negatively impacted by illegal mining activities in Ghana.

Core Values

  1. NAELP Values
  2. Economic Values
  3. Viability
  4. Client Satisfaction
  5. Sustainability
  6. Partnerships


This Programme seeks to mitigate the unavoidable and unintended hardships which our efforts to sanitise the small-scale mining sector have created, particularly in the five regions where Operation Halt II was carried out. It is intended to provide good economic livelihood options to the illegal mining and associated activities, to enable those adversely impacted to work and support themselves and their families.” H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.