Technical Assistance and Capacity Building to Mano River Union (TCB-MRU)
- Reference: P-Z1-KF0-023
- Approval date: 01/10/2013
- Start date: 26/05/2014
- Appraisal Date: 01/07/2013
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: MANO RIVER UNION
- Location: MANO RIVER UNION
The main objective of the project is to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Union Secretariat and institutions and agencies of its member states to address their socio-economic development challenges thereby reducing their fragility. The project will do this by promoting regional integration and economic development through trade, infrastructure development, and harmonisation of minerals taxation regimes so as to enhance revenue from minerals, improved cross-border movements of people, goods, services, and capital. Furthermore, it will also support the creation of income and employment opportunities for such social groups as women, unemployed youths, artisanal miners, and border communities thereby addressing socioeconomic causes of fragility and promoting lasting peace and security in the sub-region. The project will have three interrelated components which are as follows:
Component 1 - Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building: The objective of this component is to enhance the capacity of the Secretariat to effectively carry out its mandate. It will contribute to the strengthening of technical capacities of institutions and agencies of MRU Member States. The activities under this component are: technical assistance to support the Office of Secretary General, consultancy on legal advisory services to produce Staff Rules and Procedures, and MRU General Legal Mandate Report, protocol reviews, preparation and production of training manuals and modules on team-building, results based management and organisational effectiveness, conduct staff training on regional integration, monitoring and evaluation, project management, and audit of the Grant.
Component 2- Socio-Economic Development and Regional Integration: This component is aimed at stimulating regional trade, promoting cross-border movements of goods, attracting investments, coordinating regional infrastructure development, and regional integration. It will also promote social development particularly the economic empowerment of women through sustainable access to energy and the involvement of vulnerable groups in sustainable productive economic activities. The key activities to achieve this are: conducting a study on trade facilitation investment, undertake a study on mineral tax harmonisation, production and adoption of a protocol on regional trade, staff training on trade facilitation and regional integration and the preparation of an integrated regional infrastructure action plan, a study on economic activities of border communities and rural women, and the preparation of bankable projects for women.
Component 3- Natural Resources and Border Communities Management: This component aims at operationalising the implementation of the MRU's 15th Protocol to enhance the sensitization of border communities on matters of fragility, conflicts, and insecurity especially within borders of member states. Border areas and mineral resource belts have been sources of conflicts, insecurity, violence, sexual abuse, and the trafficking of drugs, people and small arms. The main activities to be implemented are: supporting natural resource management and promoting economic activities to benefit artisanal miners, unemployed youths, and women groups at the community level in areas of high natural resource concentration.
The main objective of the project is to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Union Secretariat and institutions and agencies of its member states to address their socio-economic development challenges thereby reducing their fragility
The overall goal of the Project is to build institutional capacity and promote and deepen regional integration, economic and social development, and collaboration on the efficient management of natural resources and border communities amongst the Member States. These countries' border areas and mineral resources remain sources of conflicts, insecurity, violence, sexual abuse and the trafficking of drugs, people, minerals and small arms. The project is aimed at addressing some of these problems by strengthening the institutional capacity of the Union Secretariat and technical capacities of institutions and agencies of its member states to deal with these problems, especially in border communities. This will be done through trade facilitation, regional infrastructure development planning, harmonisation of MS's mineral fiscal regimes, improving the management of cross-border movements of people, goods, services and capital, the economic empowerment of women, and member states' cooperation on the efficient and effective management of natural resources, borders, and border communities. These areas of support are crucial in terms of addressing some of the drivers of Member States' fragility which cannot be addressed effectively by supporting each of the Member States individually. In supporting this project, the Bank will contribute to lasting peace and security in the sub-region and to preventing the member states from sliding back into civil wars.
The Project beneficiaries, direct and indirect, will be the MRU and its Member States whose population is about 40 million with the youth and children constituting about 50-60%. The Project will also benefit ECOWAS through increased collaboration and having the MRU acting as its implementing arm in the sub-region. In the Member States, the key beneficiaries will be such social and economic groups as women, the unemployed youths, border communities, artisanal miners, and natural resource management institutions. Some of these benefits will be realised in the medium to long term.
Overall, the project is expected to generate positive social-economic and environmental benefits leading to improved socio-economic conditions of the Member States particularly border communities through studies and training in natural resources management. The Project will also have a positive impact on gender as it intends to address gender issues by way of increasing women's access to energy, identification of economic activities and bankable projects for women and provision of training to border communities on gender mainstreaming.
JAMBAWAI Sandy Musa - SLFO