Rwanda and World Bank sign US$ 50 million grant in support of national social protection program
The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank have recently signed an International Development Association (IDA) Grant of US$50 million to help Rwanda expand and manage its National Social Protection System. This was approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on 14th March 2013. “This second support to the Social Protection System program, founded through the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) will help the government of Rwanda to implement its National Social Protection Strategy specifically to boost Government capacity to expand and move towards managing various programs,” said Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic planning Amb. Claver Gatete during the signing ceremony.
World Bank Country Manager for Rwanda, Carolyn Turk, also highlighted that the Bank’s support to Rwanda’s primary social safety net—the Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP)—has already helped the program to cover nearly half of the country’s 416 geographical sectors in 2012, up from just 30 when it was launched in 2008. “The number of poor people benefiting from the program has grown from less than 10,000 to over half a million in the same period”.
The program support is also gender sensitive consistent with the Government’s policy on family and gender promotion. Sixty eight percent of households that benefit from cash transfers are women headed households while forty six percent of participants in public works are women.
Among Government programs that will benefit from this support are the Genocide Survivors Support Fund and the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Program, all under the single VUP system.
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Source: Government of Rwanda