According to bank documents, the project objective is to provide safety nets transfers to targeted households affected by the multiple crises facing Djibouti and strengthen adaptive social protection mechanisms to respond to future crises.
The project has three components:
Component 1: Emergency Safety Nets Transfers. This component will support the horizontal scale-up of the national safety net program by providing targeted transfers in cash and in-kind to the poor and vulnerable households affected by drought, food, and fuel price increases. Safety nets transfers will be provided to the targeted poor and vulnerable households in rural and urban areas. The MASS has estimated that rural households in hard-to-reach localities have disproportionately been affected by the impacts of the crises, yet they benefit less from existing programs. The project will therefore have a stronger rural focus. Support to target households will be provided for a maximum of eight calendar quarters equivalent to 24 months and paid quarterly. In-kind transfers, in form of food, will be applied where cash transfers cannot be provided due to nonfunctioning financial institutions and the high risks involved in using actual cash.
Component 2: Strengthening Adaptive Social Protection and Community Resilience Mechanisms Component 2 will finance activities to strengthen and further develop adaptive social protection systems. It will scale up productive inclusion activities under the ongoing Bank-Finance PITCH project by making the activities more responsive to crises and contribute to the overall community engagement and awareness about crises impacts, preparedness, and mitigations. Strengthening adaptive social protection systems involves scaling-up implementation of some productive inclusion training activities with a greater focus on recovery from the crises and building resilience to future shocks. This intervention will thus introduce training on crises response, promotion of financial literacy training, and voluntary savings promotion in rural and urban areas and to a new cohort of beneficiaries.
Component 3: Project Management and Coordination This third component will support coordination, monitoring, evaluation, and the additional project operational costs at the MASS and other institutions involved in implementation support at the central and local levels. Operational costs will include transport costs, targeting and community mobilization costs, and additional day-to-day operational expenses which are detailed in the project’s annual budgetary work plan.
Senior Social Protection Specialist
Ministry of Economy and Finance
Ministry of Social Affairs Solidarity
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