Piloting social protection and WASH interventions to keep adolescent girls in school in Zimbabwe (WB-P177168)

  • Zimbabwe
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  • World Bank (WB)
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  • Education and Health
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$ 0.90 million
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Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Sep 5, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Jul 9, 2021

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project objective is to pilot complementary social protection and WASH dropout prevention interventions for adolescent girls after the COVID-19 pandemic in one district in Zimbabwe.

The project has two component:

  1. Component 1: Household-level Interventions- Cash transfer, Income Generating Activities (IGA), hygiene promotion and menstrual hygiene products: This component will pilot test complementary measures to the BEAM fee waiver, and will help 1,500 households in one rural District, thereby discouraging negative coping strategies that impact adolescent girls and their education, such as preventing girls from returning to school.

    1. Cash Transfer: The pilot will test a monthly unconditional cash transfers to at least 1,500 households with adolescent girls who currently benefit from the BEAM program. 

    2. Income Generating Activities (IGA): A subset of households receiving the cash transfer (at least 50 percent) will receive an IGA grant to fund business plans developed with the support of the pilot.

    3. Support improvement of water-related hygiene behavior: the focus will be on awareness and safe sanitary practices of households with limited access to potable water and sanitary facilities. 

    4. Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products: Evidence suggests that a lack of menstrual hygiene products impacts girls’ school attendance, which is why this activity is essential to combating school dropout among adolescent girls. The pilot will deliver menstrual hygiene kits to girls in cash transfer households.

  2. Component 2: School-level Interventions- Sensitization, Capacity Building and WASH Promotion: This component will work closely with public secondary schools receiving BEAM support to test the promotion of positive gender norms, sexual and reproductive health messaging, good hygiene and menstrual hygiene management including raising awareness among adolescent girls.

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World Bank:
Contact : Emma Sameh Wadie Hobson
Title : Senior Social Protection Speci
Telephone No : 5338+3241

Contact : Harriet Nattabi
Title : Water Resources Specialist
Telephone No : 5393+2266

Borrower : Republic of Zimbabwe

Implementing Agency:
CARE International
Contact : Monique Morazin
Title : Country Director
Telephone No : 00263772125247
Email : Monique.Morazain@care.ca 


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