Scaling-up Shock Responsive Social Protection Project (WB-P179095)

  • Zambia
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Jun 28, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Zambia
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  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 94.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 121.93 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jul 14, 2022

Disclosed by Bank May 23, 2022

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to bank documents, the project objective is to protect poor and vulnerable households' consumption in response to shocks in Zambia.

The emergency project will have one component as outlined below.

Component 1: Social Cash Transfer (SCT) – US$94 million IDA equivalent and US$37 million equivalent cofinancing from bilateral partners. This component will finance bi-monthly cash transfers to poor and vulnerable households on the SCT. SCT currently provides a bi-monthly transfer of ZMW 400 (US$24 equivalent, or US$12 monthly) for an average household and double this amount for households with a disabled person. Beneficiaries are selected through categorical as well as poverty targeting to identify people that are poor and also are not able to work for reasons of age, disability, illness, or high dependency ratios. SCT also provides an education grant to households that have one or more KGS girls through the existing SCT payment system. This is to support households to cover other costs involved in adolescent girls attending school such as uniforms, books, food, and transport, among others. The value of the education grant is currently ZMW600 (around US$35) per girl per year. This represents 25 percent of the annual cash transfer value for the average household or 12.5 percent of the annual cash transfer for households with a disabled member.

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World Bank:
Emma Sameh Wadie Hobson
Sr Social Protection Specialist
Laura Campbell
Social Protection Specialist

Republic of Zambia

Implementing Agency:
Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS)
Beatrice Darko
Permanent Secretary 


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