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The activities of the project

With the second additional funding, a restructuring of the components of the Program was carried out with a view to grouping the technical sub-components of social benefits in the same component.

The Social Safety Net Program has four components:

Component 1: Monetary Transfers and Accompanying Measures

Sub-component 1A: Direct cash transfers to poor households;
Subcomponent 1B: Accompanying Measures-MA;
Sub component 1C: Preventive Nutrition Package-PNP;
Sub component 1D: Work at High Intensity of Labor – HIMO;
Sub-component 1E: Income Generating Activities -AGR;
Component 2: Establishment of a National System of Basic Social Safety Nets

Component 3: Project Management

Component 4: Contingency, Emergency Response

COMPONENT 1: MONETARY TRANSFERS AND ACCOMPANYING MEASURES

The specific objectives of this component are:

In the short term: reduce poverty and current vulnerability in selected areas by stabilizing and increasing mainly food consumption (quantity and quality of meals), households through targeted and regular cash transfers (MT);
In the medium and long term: increase the human capital of children by creating incentives for poor and vulnerable households to invest in the health and education of their children.

Sub-component 1. A: Direct cash transfers to poor households

The cash transfer component provides predictable, timely transfers to eligible households. The fact that these transfers are made in a timely manner is intended to ensure that the objectives of the program related to the stabilization and increase of consumption and the protection of assets are achieved. The predictability of transfers should enable households to maximize the use of money and help them make investments in their well-being, including planning and investing in the future, particularly in human capital.

The duration of participation in the program for selected households has been set at 36 months. In the context of new financing (FA2, Multilateral Fund), the amount of transfers will increase from 10,000 FCFA to 15,000 FCFA. Payments will be made to recipients every two (2) or three (3) months.

Payment Agencies will be recruited to make payments to beneficiary households.

Sub-component 1. B: Accompanying measures

Accompanying measures (MA) consist mainly of communication activities that provide beneficiaries with information / training that promotes investment in human capital.

The purpose of these AM operations is to maximize the effects of cash transfers (TM) on beneficiary households.

Thus, in the context of the new financing mobilized, the UTGFS will focus FA2 MA’s operations on the promotion of early childhood, notably the respect of children’s rights and the encouragement of households to invest in the well-being of their children. children.

Under the GFMP, UTGFS has opted for conditional cash transfers. For this purpose, the AM operations would aim to monitor compliance with these conditionalities and promote good nutritional practices and children’s rights.

One of the specificities of this sub-component is the establishment of a partnership dynamic around the MAs, in particular with the participation and the commitment of the technical services within the various coordination committees: National Technical Committee (CTN), Regional Coordination Committees (CCR), Local Coordination Committees. This strategy, begun in 2015, will be supported in 2019 with the organization of the activities of these committees (supervision mission, training and regular sessions).

Sub component 1. C.: Preventive Nutrition Package

Sub-component 1.C is a pilot and complementary intervention to MA sessions focusing on preventive nutritional intake for children and women. Following the partnership with WFP, the UTGFS acquired in 2018 2,067 tons of flours (CSB + for women and CSB ++ for children) distributed to more than 105,000 children and pregnant and lactating women.

By the end of the four distributions of the PNP for 50% of the villages in the 20 municipalities benefiting from the PNP in 2018, it had been planned to start the distributions for the second half of the villages (villages witnessing the collection of the impact evaluation from the program). Funding for this second phase is not yet secured. Reflections are however underway to ensure the mobilization of other resources in 2019.

Sub component 1. D.: Work with high labor intensity

This sub-component aims to provide direct income support to poor and vulnerable households through the participation of one of their adult members in labor-intensive public works.

Labor-intensive public works began in 2018 with the identification and preparation of 400 micro-projects, of which more than a hundred projects were implemented during this first year. The rest of the projects will be executed in the first half of 2019 on the basis of materials and materials mobilized by the procurement.

Within the framework of the FA2, 115 new micro-projects are envisaged, including 15 for the municipality of Konna and the 100 others for twenty (20) old communes beneficiary of the HIMO (in 2018). It will be for Konna new books to identify and achieve in 2019. However for the 100 new micro-projects in the regions of Kayes, Koulikoro, Ségou and Bamako the objective is to strengthen the use of works made during the FA1. Work in 2019 on these 100 micro-projects is mainly the conduct of municipal workshops, training on strategy, assessments and identification of types of micro-projects and the conduct of environmental assessments.

In particular, with regard to HIMO projects in the Mopti region, targeting will prioritize young unemployed, poor and out of the local production circuit. This will enable these young people to provide a short-term income opportunity and to divert them from the holdings of armed groups and others.

Sub-component 1. E.: Income Generating Activities (AGR)

This sub-component aims to make the poor and vulnerable households benefiting from the program MT more productive.

The sub-component will provide support to members of beneficiary households and to associations, groups and co-operative societies for the development of income-generating activities, thus providing a more stable and sustainable source of income.

On the FA2 financing, 22,000 women and young people from former TM beneficiary households will be selected and put into a grouping under the EPC (Saving for Change) approach. These households will come from the first 100 communes of intervention of the Program.

Of these 22,000 beneficiary households, 2547 young people will be selected from poor households in Koro, Bankass, Youwarou and 1000 in the Konna Commune to benefit from this support in AGR. This initiative in the AGR region will be the core activity of the “Youth Employment” project whose main objective is to promote the employability of young people, strengthen the main productive sectors and fight against the recruitment of young unemployed by groups. armed.

In 2019, only launches, regional, local and municipal training activities on the AGR strategy, the targeting of beneficiary households and the introduction of the EPC approach within beneficiary groups will be carried out.

COMPONENT 2: ESTABLISHING A SYSTEM OF BASIC SOCIAL NETS

This component supports the implementation of the main elements of a social safety net system. This component is aligned with the National Social Protection Policy to support Mali’s overall poverty reduction policy on the provision of technical support in the design of an effective safety net system, which will consolidate and harmonize all social safety nets in the country.

In this component, program interventions will include:

The development of the Information Management System (IMS) including cash transfer monitoring modules (including a complaint tracking module), accompanying measures activities.
The development of the Unified Social Register (RSU) of potential beneficiaries of the social safety net program which should also include all potential beneficiaries of contributory and non-contributory social protection.
Technical training workshops targeting communities in new areas of intervention (Bamako district, Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Segou, Mopti, Timbuktu, and Gao regions).
The pursuit of information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns, including the production of visibility elements (T-shirts, vests, signs, etc.) and media coverage of the various elements of the program.
Implementation of monitoring and evaluation procedures.
Additional studies on mechanisms for implementing accompanying measures, TMs; AGR and HIMO.

COMPONENT 3: PROJECT MANAGEMENT

This component concerns the management of the program. It ensures the operation of the Technical Unit for Social Net Management (UTGFS) in accordance with the guidelines of the Financing Agreement, the Project Document and the Implementation Manual (operating manuals and administrative, accounting and financial procedures). ).

In this new phase of implementation of the Program, it is planned to open regional branches to ensure closer monitoring of the program in the most remote areas of Bamako. Three antennas are planned:

Kayes to cover the needs of 2,545 beneficiaries in the Kayes region,
Mopti to cover the regions of Timbuktu (3,717) and Mopti (5,235);
Gao to cover the regions of Kidal (1,488), Menaka (1,376) and Gao (2,797).

COMPONENT 4: CONTINGENCY, EMERGENCY RESPONSE

The purpose of this component is to strengthen community assets to better withstand the shocks, disasters and risks associated with climate change.