The “Jigisèmèjiri” social safety nets program yesterday held the 12th session of its National Steering Committee at the Sheraton Hotel in Bamako. It was in the presence of the coordinator of the program, Mahmoud A. Sako. The purpose of the session was to take stock of the program since it began in August 2013. In fact, by that time, it had received $ 70 million in grant funding from the World Bank, more than $ 35 billion. of Fcfa. Following a mid-term evaluation in 2016, the program benefited from other resources, including a US $ 10 million fund from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, mobilized through the World Bank for implementation. social safety net programs in 2017-2019. The second funding relates to allocations from the state budget for the implementation of the Government’s Social Safety Net Project. The program in question concerns the regions of Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Segou, Mopti and the district of Bamako. It intervenes in the fields of agriculture, microfinance and health.
This 12th session considered the review and approval of the activity report as at 31 December 2018, the amendments to the MA, AGIR and HIMO (High Intensity Labor Force) Operations Manual, and the amendments of the administrative, financial and accounting procedures manual and the audit report … The Chair of the Steering Committee, Ms. Barry Aoua Sylla, indicated that the year 2018 was marked by the end of cash several localities. Thus, the number of beneficiaries of these transfers decreased from 34,224 households at the beginning of the year to 19,837 households in the fourth quarter. “At the same time, accompanying measures activities have come to an end in the Kayes, Sikasso, Koulikoro and Bamako regions,” she added.
In addition, the program carried out, during the period under review, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th preventive nutritional package distributions. In total, 1,627 tons of flours were distributed to children and pregnant and lactating women in 20 pilot communes of the 5 first regions of Mali.
“Overall, on forecasts estimated at 13.331 billion Fcfa, the achievements were 9.512 billion Fcfa at 31 December 2018, a rate of execution of PTBA-2018 of 61.1%”, said the Chairman of the Steering Committee, adding that this rate is considered satisfactory, even though it is below the 2017 implementation rate of 77.05%. This decline in performance, she explained, is mainly related to the difficulties in mobilizing state resources in 2018 and the delays in setting up HLI sites. In 2018, at the request of the government, the World Bank granted Mali an extension of US $ 54.4 million to extend the Jigisemejeiri program to other localities and continue its activities until 2022.
In addition, Ms. Barry Aoua Sylla noted that there are still many challenges ahead. “But in view of the interest generated by the program in the different localities of the country, we are no longer entitled to extinguish the torch of hope with poor and vulnerable households in Mali,” she said. On behalf of the Minister of the Economy and Finance, she testified of the importance that the government attaches to the implementation of this program, before thanking the various technical and financial partners that accompany it, mainly the Bank. World.
Mohamed Z. DIAWARA
Source : L’ESSOR Newspaper