Kigali. December 21, 2017: The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank today signed $80 million (approximately Frw 67 billion) financing agreement to support the effectiveness of Rwanda’s social protection system, notably the flagship Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP), for targeted vulnerable groups.
The Strengthening Social Protection Project (SSPP) will help expand the coverage and improve the effectiveness of the VUP thus increasing the number of households receiving income support. It will also expand the number of working days for public works, which will effectively increase the size of transfers households receive.
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 a gender and child sensitive expanded public works model to provide more accessible jobs to those ineligible for DS but still with labor constraints, including caring for young children.
This project will benefit vulnerable households primarily in Ubudehe Category 1 living in the 416 VUP direct support targeted geographical sectors, the 300 geographical sectors targeted for expanded public works as well as 270 geographical 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 to shocks, promote equitable growth, and strengthen opportunity through increased human capital development,” Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning said.
“SSPP is part of the wider Government of Rwanda and and World Bank program to combat chronic malnutrition and invest in the early years, along with other World Bank supported projects namely the Stunting Prevention and Reduction and Agriculture Projects.” Said Yasser El-Gammal, World Bank Country Manager
At the conclusion of this project, it is expected that direct support to approximately 95,846 Ubudehe 1 households will continue and expand to about 11,000 Ubudehe 1 single-worker households caring for a person with a disability. It is also expected that classic Public Works support will continue to 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 operation up from 2,757 households in 30 sectors in FY2016/17.