The first cash transfers intended for 7,563 women from the Epargne pour le changer (EPC) groups in the regions of Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou and the District of Bamako (in Commune III) were made last Thursday. The ceremony was chaired by the National Director of Social Protection and Solidarity Economy (DNPSES), Mohamed Bassirou Traoré at the mayor of Commune III.
This operation is part of the joint UNICEF-Pam program: “Responding to the Covid-19 pandemic through social protection systems in the Sahel / Mali”. Funded to the tune of 17 million euros, or just over 10 billion CFA francs for a period of 18 months (July 2020 to December 2021) by German cooperation, this program constitutes an emergency response aimed at providing support to the Ministry of Health and Social Development in the fight against the pandemic.
This launch is the first series of an operation which will include three tranches for households and two for members of EPC groups for a cumulative total of 90,000 CFA francs per household and per woman in the EPC. “This amount is set to show the imperative to be aligned with the amount of the Government’s Emergency Cash Transfer,” said the acting deputy representative of Unicef in Mali, Macoura Oularé. The goal is, according to her, to meet the massive needs generated by the pandemic.
In this regard, the interventions of the two agencies aim to offer cash transfers to 69,000 households or about 415,000 individuals, explained the representative of Unicef in Mali.
38,715 households of which 7,563 from EPC groups will be reached in the regions of Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou and in Commune III of the District of Bamako, she said.
Intervening to situate the project in its context, the coordinator of the “Jigisemejiri” social safety net program thanked Unicef and Pam for the confidence placed in his Project. For Mohamed Ali Sacko, the implementation of “Covid-19 Response” will give hope to thousands of households affected by this pandemic in Mali. “Similarly to the government program, an appeal was made to the various partners to provide their responses to the response plan to fight this pandemic in our country.
In this context, Unicef and Pam have set up in three Sahelian countries an assistance program called: Response Covid-19, to face the immediate needs generated by the pandemic, explained the coordinator. To do this, he added, this project is supported by the government’s Emergency Cash Transfer Program.
The objective is to strengthen national social protection systems by stepping up essential support to cushion the social and economic impact of Covid-19 on poor and vulnerable populations, underlined the national director of social protection and the solidarity economy.
This mainly involves promoting household access to basic social services by supporting social protection systems that are more sensitive to nutrition, children and shocks, added Mohamed Bassirou Traoré. is justified by several vulnerability factors, including the municipal poverty index. “The targeting for beneficiaries of the EPC component was done taking into account the results of the study on the poverty index of municipalities and other specific vulnerability factors. The women members of the EPCs were then approached for the collection of personal data with a view to creating individualized SIM cards to strengthen the security of payments ”, developed the head of the DNPSES.
For her part, the mayor of Commune III, Ms. Djiré Mariame Diallo, thanked the partners for the initiative. Addressing the lucky beneficiaries, the councilor urged them to make good use of the funds made available to them.
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As part of the assistance to vulnerable people affected by the economic consequences of Covid-19, the government of Mali has just kept its promise of assistance with an envelope of support for affected households. The first beneficiary of this fund, Fousseyni Coulibaly, received his envelope last Monday in the city hall from the chief of staff of the Minister of Economy and Finance Fassery Doumbia. At the end of this process, one million households will be concerned for a total amount of 100 billion CFA francs.
This ceremony, in addition to the chief of staff of the Minister of Finance, took place in the presence of the national director of protection, social and solidarity economy, Mohamed Bassirou Traoré, and the political authorities, customary of Commune I.
The remittance of this fund is part of the implementation of the Government Emergency Cash Transfer Program (PGTMU) through the social safety net program. This initiative involves sending a fund of 90,000 CFA F to Orange Money to households already listed and registered in the unified social registers (RSU).
Jigisème Yiri Social Safety Net Program coordinator Mahmoud Ali Sacko explained that the total number of beneficiaries in the capital is expected to reach 124,607 households. “Of this objective, 31,025 beneficiaries will be affected by this first wave of payment. These are households registered in the RSU and which have been investigated. Collection operations for the other beneficiary households will resume as of next week as surveys continue, monetary payments will also follow. We hope to complete the payment of all Bamako beneficiaries by the end of April 2021, ”he added.
For the other localities of the country, the arrangements are underway and the first payments in the regions are expected for the month of March 2021.
The coordinator said he was convinced that the success of this operation will depend a lot on the availability and commitment of community leaders from neighborhoods, villages, association and religious leaders and municipal officials who are involved in all phases of the project. ‘surgery.
Aicha Touré of Orange Finances was especially pleased with the choice made on Orange to be a partner in this project and Orange Money as a method of payment. She assured that with nearly 90,000 points nationwide, the beneficiaries of this assistance will be able to easily carry out their operation.
The Chief of Staff of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, Fassery Doumbia added that with the delivery of this first transfer, the government of Mali is keeping its promise to poor and vulnerable households in the country to provide substantial support. to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This reflects the importance that the government attaches to this vast program of social assistance to populations bruised and affected by the effects of the disease,” said the chief of staff.
It should be noted that the overall cost of this operation amounts to 100 billion CFA francs, more reason for the mayor of commune I and the beneficiaries to welcome this initiative.
We announced to you, in our edition N ° 5487 of Monday January 17, 2021, that the operation of financial subsidies to poor and vulnerable households still held and even that the payment of said subsidies could begin on Monday January 18, 2021. Well, as is ‘he had promised, the Government of Mali proceeded, this Monday, January 18, 2021 at the town hall of commune I of the district of Bamako, to launch the payment operations of the “ Governmental Program of Emergency Monetary Transfers” (PGTMU), intended for poor and vulnerable households as part of response measures to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The least we can say is that Malians will be particularly interested in the PGTMU insofar as it is common knowledge that, due to the landlocked situation and also the low rate of industrialization of their country, Malian populations, both urban and rural, are seriously facing economic and financial difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic has further accentuated.
To put it mildly, we would readily concede that since the appearance of COVID-19, under our skies, the public authorities, both those before the coup d’état and those after, have spared no effort to support pandemic response measures. We remember that before the putsch, the then Head of State, IBK, and the government decided to take certain social measures as a response to the adverse economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To this end, the President of the Republic, IBK, addressed the Nation on Friday April 10, 2020, to announce certain social measures in order to lessen the negative effect of this pandemic on the Malian economy. Among these social measures, the Head of State announced: “towards the most fragile layers, the following measures are taken:
In addition to these response measures which directly affect the household economy, the Malian authorities had made major efforts as part of the national response policy to the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts include the free distribution of food to poor populations; the making and distribution of masks as part of the “un malien, un masque” program.
We can easily see that, despite the difficult economic situation in the country and which has been made more precarious with the appearance of COVID-19, the Malian authorities have not skimped on the means of response, starting with awareness raising. populations with regard to the application and respect of barrier measures. We should therefore welcome the fact, despite the change of regime last August, that the new authorities have opted for continuity in the response program to the COVID-19 pandemic.
El Hadj Mamadou GABA
Source: Le Soir De Bamako
It will reach a million households, each of which will benefit from 90,000 of our francs, from a single cash transfer When positive cases of COVID-19 were declared in our country, the President of the Republic at the time announced certain measures to mitigate the effects of this pandemic on the population.
It is in this context that the measure was taken to grant a reasonable amount to very poor families, identified by the services empowered to do so. After the disbursement of 5 billion CFA francs and the signing of two agreements by the coordinating structure, which is the “JIGISEMEJIRI” social safety nets, the program is supposed to know its operational phase this year, Thus, to inform national and international opinion of cash transfers of the amount planned for beneficiary households, those in charge of the structures involved in the implementation of said transfers were in front of the media.
It was during a lively press conference last week at the Hotel Salam in Bamako. Introducing the press conference, the “social safety nets” program manager at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance said that with the advent of Covid-19, the country’s highest authorities had taken a number measures to enable poor households to withstand the effects of the crisis. And among these, the government emergency cash transfer program was ranked as a priority.
Following him, the coordinator of the “JIGISEMEJIRI” social safety net program Mahmoud Ali Sako gave a brief presentation of the phases which contribute to its implementation. According to him, a first phase had registered 352,900 beneficiary households. This phase was the subject of a data update, allowing the registration of 647,100 new households. It is always clear from Mahmoud Ali Sako’s explanations that certain criteria prevailed in the retention of beneficiary households.
These are: very poor households with food difficulties; households infected with Covid-19 disease and households whose activities have been strongly affected by Covid-19. Then, the program coordination team set up a mechanism for registering and identifying beneficiaries. Mohamed Bassirou Traoré of social protection finds the initiative very beneficial. It deserves to be supported, because there is a political will that goes with it.
To do this, the social protection services remain available for the implementation of this program. Note that the government program of emergency cash transfers to households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is supposed to be implemented from this month of January and continue until December 2021. And the transfer to beneficiaries is will be done electronically via orange money, BMS and BNDA.
Diakalia M Dembele
Source: Journal Le 22 Septembre
The Jigisemejiri Social Safety Net Program plans to make cash transfer payments in all regions of Mali through additional funding 2 from the World Bank and the availability of resources from the Government Social Safety Net Project (PGFS).
So decided by the 15th session of the national steering committee. The administrators met yesterday for this purpose in a hotel in the square.
Concretely, this will involve supplementing the payments of the former beneficiary municipalities and extending the operation to new constituencies, in particular those of regions affected by the crisis. “As part of the development of the National Social Safety Net System, major activities are planned in 2021 for the development of the Unified Social Register (RSU) and the implementation of various evaluation studies. Following funding from the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD), several operations to collect and register potential beneficiaries will be carried out to extend RSU data to new localities ”, announced the Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Soussourou Dembélé who chaired the opening work of the meeting.
This session allowed for this purpose to take stock of the achievements of September 30, 2020 and to examine the draft program of activities and the draft annual budget for 2021.
Achievements during the first three quarters of 2020 were estimated at CFAF 2.659 billion, out of an annual forecast estimated at CFAF 15.545 billion, said Soussourou Dembelé.
This corresponds, according to him, to an execution rate of 17.11%. Regarding the budget for 2021, it is estimated at FCFA 19.386 billion. This is equivalent to an increase of 24.71% compared to the 15.545 billion FCFA that were to be mobilized in 2020.
This budget incorporates, according to the secretary general, almost all of the activities of the AWPB 2020. With the aim, according to him, to supplement the payments of the former municipalities for 2020 and to extend the Jigisemejiri social safety net program to all regions from Mali.
Thus providing the opportunity for thousands of other poor and vulnerable households to ensure their food security. He thanked the various technical and financial partners (PTF), which support the Jigisemejiri social safety net program, in particular the World Bank for its consistency and the importance of its interventions in Mali.
Following him, the program coordinator recalled the major constraints (socio-economic crisis and Covid-19 disease) which, according to him, led to the suspension of activities and hindered the achievement of the expected results. “The balance sheet shows an execution rate of 17%, which is the worst rate recorded in recent years,” lamented Mahmoud Ali Sako while hoping that these obstacles will be overcome to achieve convincing results, in particular by money transfers.