Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroun to benefit from World Bank’s $346 Million Funding

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Funding to the tune of $346 million has been approved by the World Bank Group through the International Development Association (IDA) to help improve livelihoods in the Lake Chad region. The approval which was announced in a statement issue by the Breton Woods Association is for two key projects in the Lake Chad region for the purposes of strengthening resilience and livelihoods and will be shared between Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. The Lake Chad region has suffered poor development and economic indicators compared to the averages in the four countries.

“The first project, the Lake Chad Region Recovery and Development Project (PROLAC, $170 million), will support national and regional coordination platforms and local capacity building,” the bank disclosed.

“It will contribute to restoring sustainable rural mobility, connectivity and strengthen the recovery of agricultural livelihoods in selected provinces of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

“It will contribute to restoring sustainable rural mobility, connectivity and strengthen the recovery of agricultural livelihoods in selected provinces of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

“It will also promote knowledge sharing and regional dialogue with a data platform hosted at the Lake Chad Basin Commission while strengthening community empowerment through citizen engagement, social cohesion activities and labour-intensive public works.

“PROLAC will contribute to the rehabilitation of rural roads and small transport infrastructure and will promote productive investments by helping agricultural producers to increase productivity in the polder areas in Chad, the farming of oasis areas in Niger, and in the areas close to the shore of the Lake Chad in the Far North of Cameroon.

“The second project, the multi-sectoral crisis recovery project for northeastern Nigeria, additional financing (MCRP AF, $176 million), will help the government of Nigeria to improve access to basic services and livelihood opportunities for crisis-affected communities in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

“While enhancing coordination among these states and other Lake Chad countries.

“It expands the ongoing $200 million MCRP project and puts an increased emphasis on support for agricultural livelihoods and investments.

“In addition, the MCRP AF will include support for labour-intensive approaches and works programs, promote rural and regional connectivity, rehabilitate market infrastructure and prioritize climate change adaptation and mitigation.”

It said there were significant gaps in infrastructure, access to basic services was poor, and natural resources and livelihoods were severely impacted by climate change and the situation was exacerbated by insecurity prevailing since 2009.The operations would also improve the living conditions of the population, including vulnerable women and youths who were being faced with the negative impacts of climate change and suffer from insecurity.

According to the bank, the project would also expand its education and health activities to include a focus on service delivery by providing grants to schools committees and incentives to returning teachers, and by promoting quality of primary health care services in targeted public health centres and district hospitals.

 

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