Rwanda, World Bank sign $80 million loan for social protection

On 21 December 2017 at 05:02

Government of Rwanda and World Bank have today signed $80 million (about Rwf67 billion) financing agreement to support Rwanda’s social protection programmes.

The Strengthening Social Protection Project (SSPP) will help expand the coverage and effectiveness of Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP) to benefit a bigger number of vulnerable households.

It will also expand the number of working days for public works and the number of cash transfer beneficiaries

The project will extend eligibility criteria for direct support to more labor-constrained households including vulnerable households with people caring for disabled members.

SSPP will also introduce gender and child sensitive public works model to provide more accessible jobs to those ineligible for direct support but still with labor constraints including child caregivers.

The project will benefit vulnerable households primarily in Ubudehe Category One living in the 416 VUP direct support targeted geographical sectors, 300 sectors targeted for expanded public works as well as 270 sectors targeted for classic public works.

“Social protection remains one of the main priorities of the Government of Rwanda for meeting its ambitious poverty reduction and human capital development goals. To further this agenda, Rwanda has started building an integrated social protection system to ensure a minimum standard of living and access to core public services, boost resilience against shocks, promote equitable growth and strengthen opportunity through increased human capital development,” said Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amb. Claver Gatete.

World Bank Country Manager, Yasser El-Gammal, said “SSPP is part of the wider program of the Government of Rwanda and World Bank to combat chronic malnutrition and invest in the early years development along with other World Bank supported projects namely the Stunting Prevention and Reduction, and Agriculture Projects.”

It is expected that direct support to approximately 95,846 households in Ubudehe Category One will continue and expand to about 11,000 same category households with one person working and caring for a person with disability.

It is also expected that beneficiaries of classic public works support will increase from the current 128,000 households in 240 sectors to approximately 141,361 in 270 sectors.

Major extension of gender and child-sensitive model is expected to reach 75,000 households in 300 sectors by the end of the project, up from 2,757 households in 30 sectors in Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amb. Claver Gatete (R) and World Bank Country Manager, Yasser El-Gammal sign the loan.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amb. Claver Gatete