World Bank approves $150 million for social protection sector in Burundi

KIGALI, Rwanda

The World Bank Group on Monday approved $150 million in funding to continue supporting Burundi’s social protection sector through the new Cash for Jobs (Cash4Jobs) project targeting extremely vulnerable citizens.

The objectives of the project are to strengthen the management capacity of social safety net programs in order to promote more effective coverage while facilitating access to employment for the most vulnerable populations, the World Bank said in a press release.

The project aims to reduce poverty by protecting vulnerable populations through cash transfers and other measures that will help improve the country’s human capital indicators.

It will also promote economic opportunities through access to productive inclusion initiatives and jobs.

The grant for the Burundi Cash4Jobs project is provided by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and will be implemented over five years.

The Cash4Jobs Burundi project is part of a series of projects supporting job creation in Burundi by prioritizing economic empowerment activities for women and youth.

It is in line with the Government of Burundi’s vision to build community resilience and promote inclusive economic growth, said Jean-Christophe Carret, World Bank Country Director for Burundi.

The Cash4Jobs project will cover the 18 provinces of Burundi.

IDA helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and loans at low or no interest rates for projects and programs that stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor.

A landlocked country in East Africa, Burundi is a low-income economy with 80% of the population employed in the agricultural sector.

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Joel C. Hicks