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The World Bank to provide financial aid to Rwanda

         Date: 2012-03-22

           Tag: World Bank Rwanda, World Bank Rwanda financial

Summary: The Support to Social Protection System (SSPS-1) Development Policy Grant of SDR 26.1 million (US$40 million equivalent) to Rwanda was approved by the Bank.

The Support to Social Protection System (SSPS-1) Development Policy Grant of SDR 26.1 million (US$40 million equivalent) to Rwanda was approved by the Bank.

This is the first in a series of three World Bank operations designed to support the Government of Rwanda's growing effort to address chronic poverty and cushion poor people from the adverse impacts of economic and climatic shocks through a larger and more efficient social protection system as envisaged by the 2011 National Social Protection Strategy.

 The World Bank is providing technical and financial assistance to Rwanda as the country connects and strengthens its existing programs that protect poor and vulnerable people into a single system with coordinated management and expanded coverage. An estimated 115,000 households, or about half a million people, stand to benefit.

Rwanda has made notable progress towards many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that fall due in 2015, including those related to access to primary education, the fight against communicable diseases, and better health and survival rates for mothers and children.

Extreme poverty at the national level in Rwanda has fallen to 24.1 percent in 2010/11, a drop of 11.7 percentage points from 2005/6. However, given rapid population growth, the country's rapid gains on the poverty reduction front need to be accelerated in order to get closer to the poverty and hunger MDG.

With World Bank support, Rwanda will focus on the following areas as it consolidates the new system: (i) strengthening policy development and management capacity of the social protection sector; (ii) consolidation of social protection management information systems.

(iii) expanding coverage and enhancing harmonization of social protection interventions in the country; and (iv) connecting the social protection system with early warning systems that provide information about extreme climatic conditions and natural disasters.

World Bank support is in the form of an International Development Association (IDA) grant. IDA is the part of the World Bank that helps the world's poorest countries. Established in 1960, IDA reduces poverty by providing interest-free credits and grants that boost economic growth, and improve people's living conditions.


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