Rwanda sets target Poor People Social Protection
dimanche 8 avril 2012 à 19 : 23 : 44
KIGALI, RWANDA - Rwanda is strengthening its existing programs that protect poor and vulnerable people into a single system with coordinated management and expanded coverage.
An estimation of 115,000 households equivalent to about half a million poor people stands to benefit from this mult-million social project by 2013.
The World Bank vowed mid this week to provide technical and financial support to this Support to Social Protection System (SSPS-1) Development Policy Grant of SDR 26.1 million (US$40 million equivalent).
“Public transfers have been quoted among the four major factors that have contributed to this accelerated poverty performance,” said Mr. Justine Gatzinzi, the Deputy Director General for Social Protection Directorate in the Rwanda Local Development Support Fund.
This is the first in a series of three World Bank operations designed to support the Government of Rwanda’s growing effort to address chronic poverty.
It is also cushion poor people from the adverse impacts of economic and climatic shocks through a larger and more efficient social protection system as envisaged by the 2011 National Social Protection Strategy.
Rwanda is said to have made notable progress towards many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that fall due in 2015, including those related to accessing primary education, fight against communicable diseases, and better health and survival rates for mothers and children.
Extreme poverty at the national level in Rwanda has fallen from 11.7 percentage points from 2005/6 to 24.1 percent in 2010/11.
However, given rapid population growth, the country’s rapid gains on the poverty reduction front need to be accelerated in order to get closer to the poverty and hunger MDG.
Rwanda aims at focusing on different areas as it consolidates the new system including strengthening policy development and management capacity of the social protection sector ; consolidation of social protection management information systems, expanding coverage and enhancing harmonization of social protection interventions in the country, and connecting the social protection system with early warning systems that provide information about extreme climatic conditions and natural disasters.
“Our support to Rwanda as it integrates its social protection activities will help the country cope with a number of remaining challenges such as a unified registry system, better targeting of poor and vulnerable households, and proper evaluation of the impact of safety nets,” said Alex, Kamurase, Senior Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank.
World Bank support is in the form of an International Development Association (IDA) grant. IDA is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries.
Established in 1960, IDA reduces poverty by providing interest-free credits and grants that boost economic growth, and improve people’s living conditions.