World Bank urges government to focus on social protection
The World Bank has advised the government to make social protection spending a priority when executing fiscal policy, as expanding the coverage of social registries is important for improving delivery systems that directly benefit vulnerable people. .
The World Bank said social registries need to be more dynamic and integrated with other components of the delivery system.
In his presentation at a dialogue on social protection as an investment on Wednesday, the World Bank Group’s Global Director for Social Affairs and Employment, Mr. Michal Rutkowski, said that Uganda, like other countries facing social protection challenges, should address the coverage gap, moving from exclusion to inclusion by setting up a well-documented national register on social protection.
“Prioritize the poorest and most vulnerable with adequate support for the various risks that households face across the life cycle. Develop new instruments to support the “missing link”. Continue to expand Food Consumption Score coverage. Take into account the specific needs of women and girls, and other excluded groups such as people with disabilities, indigenous people, migrants,” Mr. Rutkowski said.
He said others are tackling the lack of flexibility by moving from inflexibility to responsiveness to increase the capacity of the social protection and justice system to help households adapt to shocks.
“In particular, ensure that programs are designed to maximize the contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation,” Rutkowski said.
The World Bank official also said that other priorities should be closing the gap in opportunities, productive programs, increasing the level of ambition in terms of the scale and quality of the labor market and the productive inclusion programs to recover from Covid-19.
Minister of State for Rehabilitation in Northern Uganda, Mrs. Grace Fredom Kwiyucwiny, said social protection is an investment in human development and should not be viewed as consumption.
Mrs. Kwiyucwiny specified the theme of the conference; “Investing in human capital to build resilience and productivity for inclusive growth” is relevant to the current concern over rising population and unemployment, with 54% of Uganda’s population being young people under the age of 18 year.
“Social protection should be seen as an investment in people and not a means of consumption, in recent years the government has focused so much on infrastructure development, not household development,” he said. she declared.
Ms Kwiyuwiny added: “I am glad we are having this dialogue with stakeholders to help us explore what can be done to deepen social protection and build resilience, invest in human capital development and promote inclusive growth. “.