Côte d’Ivoire: More than 250,000 people see lives improve through anti-poverty programmeApr 5, 2016
“The loan I received allowed me to double my income. Today, thanks to my textile business, I make twice as much as I used to before being assisted,” says Konan Akissin an entrepreneur from Bocanda, a town in east-central Côte d’Ivoire.
Akissin is one of more than 274,000 people who have benefited from the United Nations Development Programme-led Programme d’Appui à la Réduction de la Pauvreté – PARP (Poverty Reduction Support Programme) to improve living conditions and fight poverty in the country.
Since 2009 the USD 11,389,414 programme has acted on three fronts: rehabilitation of education and health infrastructure, reintegration of ex-combatants and working through community-based groups to impact livelihoods.
Over six years, 62community organizations were supported through cash donations, direct project funding, vocational training and technical expertise. Akissin is among 12,126 people, 80 percent of them women, who benefited from such efforts aimed at supporting local businesses, diversifying income sources or increasing crops yields.
With a USD 12,027,922 PARP grant, the 50-memberAssociation des Jeunes de l’ilot Asecna (Asecna Island Youth Association), based in a suburb of Abidjan, the country’s economic capital, purchased new fishing equipment and started growing crops, increasing both food options and income.
Through the socioeconomic reintegration of ex-soldiers pillar of the programme, 456 former combatants have been supported to re-enter civilian life as agro-pastoral farmers and traders. An additional 1,500 are currently receiving vocational training for occupations related to solar power generation and waste recycling. 80 percent of programme beneficiaries remain self-sustaining in their respective areas of work up even three years after having participating in the initiative.
The programme has also helped rehabilitate infrastructure in different parts of the country, including eight elementary schools, eight hospitals, two community centres, 110 wells and 69 water pumps. The improved infrastructure has benefited an estimated 260,000 people and led to higher usage of public services.
Simone, a young woman in Bondoukou, a city in the north east of the country, 420 kilometers from Abidjan, has been one of them. “Given the conditions under which my pregnancy was progressing, I feared for my life but since the renovation of the maternity ward I’m looking forward to my child’s birth,” she says.
The PARP was established to support Côte d’Ivoire’s crisis-struck economy and contribute to national efforts to meet the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals. Partners in the programme include national ministries, the African Development Bank, Atlantic Financial Group, Belgian-Ivorian Development Fund, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Ivorian-Swiss Fund for Economic and Social Development and Newcrest Mining.For more information, please contact:
In Abidjan: Youssou Diarra, email@example.com