POST EBOLA RECOVERY SOCIAL INVESTMENT FUND (LIBERIA).


Aperçu

  • Référence: P-Z1-KZ0-027
  • Date d’approbation: 21/10/2015
  • Date de début: 13/05/2016
  • Date d'évaluation: 07/04/2015
  • Statut: ApprouvéAPVD
  • Agence d'implémentation: MANO RIVER UNION
  • Emplacement: LIBERIA

Description

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Project Design The project is designed in line with countries National Post Ebola Recovery Plans and guided by the findings of the recently undertaken Ebola Recovery Assessment (ERA) mission to the sub-region in January 2015. The ERA was in response to a call by the UN Secretary-General and the Governments of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and conducted by a multi-partner team led by the UNDP, AFDB, WB and EU to contribute to laying the foundation for the short, medium and long term recovery while the emergency response continues to contain the epidemic. In effect, the ERA mission served as an identification mission for this project. All three governments have prioritized health care and nutrition, WASH, education, agriculture and social protection for recovery. The project can be designed in a number phases and the design shall be as flexible as possible and go beyond the three affected countries by considering also all the neighboring countries or all ECOWAS countries.

Component 1: Restoring and strengthening capacity of public health systems and basic social services

1.1 Promoting Health Service delivery: Complementing the ongoing Ebola Operations of the Bank, the project will strengthen the core public health capacities for disease surveillance, early warning, and response systems to minimize the risk of resurgence of the disease. This should be complemented by developing the core capacities emergency for disaster risk management, including pre-positioned infrastructure, surveillance and laboratory capacity to rapidly detect and respond to emerging outbreaks including but not limited to EVD. The project will seek to strengthen early warning and immediate response systems, across the ECOWAS region and will restore the capacity of the healthcare system on an enhanced basis. This would include addressing transparency and accountability in the health sector and reconfiguring policy and planning institutions and mechanisms to fully incorporate epidemic risk reduction. The project will also strengthen regional/cross-border surveillance and information sharing mechanisms and enhance an integrated community-based early warning and disease surveillance systems with response capability by deploying the appropriate technology. The project will support the decentralization of social services, while building-up the capacity of local implementing actors, decentralized structures and national authorities to guide, coordinate and monitor service delivery of good quality in provinces and districts.

1.2 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): The project will support investments in water and sanitation targeting the worst affected communities with low water and sanitation coverage. Community based approaches, proper waste management and promoting WASH in communities will be scaled up under the project. Hand-washing will be promoted to ensure the continuity of essential WASH services to prevent outbreaks of water-related diseases (e.g., cholera). TA will be provided to strengthen National Institutions and community level organizations involved in the delivery of WASH services taking into account the peculiarity of each country. Training and deployment of professional sanitation technicians will be undertaken. 1.3 Skills development: There are significant gaps in human resources across all social sectors, either because staff have died or abandoned/changed their jobs or because well-trained staff was lacking even before the Ebola outbreak. The project will support recovery effort to help improve the countries' capacity to train and retain professional staff in the social sectors, including through support to medical schools, teacher training school or colleges for social workers and psychosocial counselors. The project will support the revitalization of the education system with short and medium term investments into teacher trainings on school safety, hygiene education and school sanitation as well as psychosocial support for all children. The project will accelerate human resource development to ensure resilient recovery through high quality training for health workers and teachers. This subcomponent will also promote access to business development services and quality technical vocational education and training (TVET). The private sector will be encouraged to partner with the Government in supporting training opportunities to obtain the relevant skills for the range of private companies including in areas of value change management. Technical Assistance will be provided to build capacities of the Ministries of Education, as will additional teacher recruitment and training; review and re-grade teacher salaries for alternative education to ensure availability of sufficient teachers in the aftermath of Ebola, whether for formal education or distant learning programs. The project will support innovative learning programs to address education in times of school closures. This can include using established technologies for low resource settings such as interactive radio instruction and emerging technologies like mobile learning.

2. Component II: Restoring livelihoods stabilization and building community resilience

2.1 Social protection and community support systems: The project will lay the foundations for improved social protection systems by setting up financial support mechanisms for families and small businesses affected by Ebola. This would mitigate the immediate social and economic impact of Ebola on poor households and could become the platform for a sustainable social protection system that reduces social vulnerabilities in the long run. The project will promote access to business development services, focusing on employment creation, MSMEs development targeting youth and women. The project will include activities such as emergency agriculture assistance to EVD-affected communities to restore livelihoods, restoring food security and tackling malnutrition in the most affected communities; providing targeted food/cash distribution to Ebola affected communities. CSOs are playing a critical role in the effort to contain EVD will be engaged and supported. Provide TA to support the implementation of existing social protection strategies. TA to build the capacities of Ministries of Social Welfare and gender. The sub-component will support building capacity of community group's.

2.2 Nutrition and food security The project will aim to support to food and nutrition security in affected communities. Specifically it will focus on specific Nutrition Interventions in the short and medium term and Nutrition-Sensitive Approaches in the medium to long term. The project will be anchored on the nutrition program of the countries and the SUN platform. Specific interventions under the project will include

(i) Food distribution assistance to the most vulnerable group's specifically pregnant and/or lactating women and children under five years in the short term. This intervention will be done in close collaboration with the WFP which has a comparative advantage on this expertise,

(ii) Enhance community nutrition surveillance to help manage critical nutritional status of children,

(iii) Awareness through education and sensitization for behavioural change. The project will promote advocacy and capacity building initiatives which will focus on: (is) training of community volunteers on screening and nutritional practices,

(ii) awareness in schools and health centers on topics related to nutrition,

(iii) training of teachers of schools on nutrition education,

(iv) creation of units of community nutritional education managed by community volunteers, and

(v) Organization of campaigns (caravans) to inform, raise awareness and sensitize people in targeted areas/communities on best nutritional practices.

Project Implementation Schedule and phasing The Project will be implemented over a period of 4 years.

Implementation Arrangements The Ministries of Finance of C


Justificatif

PRSP and CSPs priorities, key development issue(s) project is aiming to address

The project is in line with the Bank's 2013-2022 Strategy core operational priorities including Skills and Technology, Governance and Infrastructure. The project addresses these priorities by including components that highlight the need for skills development and training and regional integration to draw on human resources more effectively thereby promoting inclusive growth and effective and equitable delivery of services.

The main focus of the Human Capital Strategy 2014-2018 is skills development for inclusive service delivery. In line with this priority, the project will have a strong catalytic role and will ensure positive benefits to the countries and the region by building a strong human capital for the country's long term social and economic growth. This strategy highlights the need to focus on relevant skills development; it also emphasizes on regional integration to draw on human resources more effectively and promote inclusive growth through relevant skills development and effective and equitable delivery of services.

The project is also consistent with the Bank's Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP) for West Africa (2011 - 2015) which rests on two pillars;

(i) linking regional markets and,

(ii) building capacity for effective implementation of the regional integration agenda. The project will help advance the integration agenda and facilitate regional solutions including health service delivery and emphasize the need to strengthen the limited access to HEST in Africa to foster economic growth by creating a critical mass of relevant skills.

The project responds to the call of governments of affected countries for international support to design and implement a comprehensive recovery agenda, which seeks to foster resilient systems and communities building on gains being made in the Ebola response. The three affected countries are fully committed to recovery from the EVD crisis and to building resilience to deal with future shocks. They have all begun developing full recovery strategies and sectoral plans with linkages to pre-existing medium term main development planning frameworks. Liberia has a fully developed Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan (ESRP) now due for review by the President and subsequent launching. Sierra Leone has a draft post-Ebola recovery strategy . Guinea has developed sectoral plans for health, agriculture, and education, which are yet to be consolidated into a full-fledged strategy and the government is working with select development partners on this.

The project is in line with the Bank's Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa (2014-2019), which focuses on three main areas:

(i) strengthening state capacity and support effective institutions;

(ii) promoting resilient societies through inclusive and equitable access to employment, basic services and shared benefits from natural resources endowments; and

(iii) enhancing leadership role in policy dialogue, partnership and advocacy around issues of fragility. The project will also strengthen the capacity of governments in the region to respond to such public health emergencies.

The project meets the Bank's criteria for Regional Public Goods. The Ebola epidemic has clearly demonstrated how diseases can transcend borders and threaten not only human life but economies at large and the entirety of sub-regional economic systems. The affected countries fully recognize the regional dimensions of the epidemic and the need for regional and sub-regional considerations to be part of the recovery effort. This project will thus support the acceleration of the implementation of plans and programs of the Mano River Union and other regional organizations that can directly contribute to Ebola recovery, strengthen preparedness and facilitate joint responses to future outbreaks. The operation will also contribute to develop sustainable working relationships between WAHO, AU and the MRU secretariat. The operation fulfils the criteria of Regional Public Goods (RPG) and cost sharing exemption as defined in Bank policy.


Bénéfices

Component 1: Restoring and strengthening capacity of public health systems and basic social services

1.1 Promoting Health Service delivery: Complementing the ongoing Ebola Operations of the Bank, the project will strengthen the core public health capacities for disease surveillance, early warning, and response systems to minimize the risk of resurgence of the disease. This should be complemented by developing the core capacities emergency for disaster risk management, including pre-positioned infrastructure, surveillance and laboratory capacity to rapidly detect and respond to emerging outbreaks including but not limited to EVD. The project will seek to strengthen early warning and immediate response systems, across the ECOWAS region and will restore the capacity of the healthcare system on an enhanced basis. This would include addressing transparency and accountability in the health sector and reconfiguring policy and planning institutions and mechanisms to fully incorporate epidemic risk reduction. The project will also strengthen regional/cross-border surveillance and information sharing mechanisms and enhance an integrated community-based early warning and disease surveillance systems with response capability by deploying the appropriate technology. The project will support the decentralization of social services, while building-up the capacity of local implementing actors, decentralized structures and national authorities to guide, coordinate and monitor service delivery of good quality in provinces and districts.

1.2 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): The project will support investments in water and sanitation targeting the worst affected communities with low water and sanitation coverage. Community based approaches, proper waste management and promoting WASH in communities will be scaled up under the project. Hand-washing will be promoted to ensure the continuity of essential WASH services to prevent outbreaks of water-related diseases (e.g., cholera). TA will be provided to strengthen National Institutions and community level organizations involved in the delivery of WASH services taking into account the peculiarity of each country. Training and deployment of professional sanitation technicians will be undertaken. 1.3 Skills development: There are significant gaps in human resources across all social sectors, either because staff have died or abandoned/changed their jobs or because well-trained staff was lacking even before the Ebola outbreak. The project will support recovery effort to help improve the countries' capacity to train and retain professional staff in the social sectors, including through support to medical schools, teacher training school or colleges for social workers and psychosocial counselors. The project will support the revitalization of the education system with short and medium term investments into teacher trainings on school safety, hygiene education and school sanitation as well as psychosocial support for all children. The project will accelerate human resource development to ensure resilient recovery through high quality training for health workers and teachers. This subcomponent will also promote access to business development services and quality technical vocational education and training (TVET). The private sector will be encouraged to partner with the Government in supporting training opportunities to obtain the relevant skills for the range of private companies including in areas of value change management. Technical Assistance will be provided to build capacities of the Ministries of Education, as will additional teacher recruitment and training; review and re-grade teacher salaries for alternative education to ensure availability of sufficient teachers in the aftermath of Ebola, whether for formal education or distant learning programs. The project will support innovative learning programs to address education in times of school closures. This can include using established technologies for low resource settings such as interactive radio instruction and emerging technologies like mobile learning.

2. Component II: Restoring livelihoods stabilization and building community resilience

2.1 Social protection and community support systems: The project will lay the foundations for improved social protection systems by setting up financial support mechanisms for families and small businesses affected by Ebola. This would mitigate the immediate social and economic impact of Ebola on poor households and could become the platform for a sustainable social protection system that reduces social vulnerabilities in the long run. The project will promote access to business development services, focusing on employment creation, MSMEs development targeting youth and women. The project will include activities such as emergency agriculture assistance to EVD-affected communities to restore livelihoods, restoring food security and tackling malnutrition in the most affected communities; providing targeted food/cash distribution to Ebola affected communities. CSOs are playing a critical role in the effort to contain EVD will be engaged and supported. Provide TA to support the implementation of existing social protection strategies. TA to build the capacities of Ministries of Social Welfare and gender. The sub-component will support building capacity of community group's.

2.2 Nutrition and food security The project will aim to support to food and nutrition security in affected communities. Specifically it will focus on specific Nutrition Interventions in the short and medium term and Nutrition-Sensitive Approaches in the medium to long term. The project will be anchored on the nutrition program of the countries and the SUN platform. Specific interventions under the project will include

(i) Food distribution assistance to the most vulnerable group's specifically pregnant and/or lactating women and children under five years in the short term. This intervention will be done in close collaboration with the WFP which has a comparative advantage on this expertise,

(ii) Enhance community nutrition surveillance to help manage critical nutritional status of children,

(iii) Awareness through education and sensitization for behavioural change. The project will promote advocacy and capacity building initiatives which will focus on: (is) training of community volunteers on screening and nutritional practices,

(ii) awareness in schools and health centers on topics related to nutrition,

(iii) training of teachers of schools on nutrition education,

(iv) creation of units of community nutritional education managed by community volunteers, and

(v) Organization of campaigns (caravans) to inform, raise awareness and sensitize people in targeted areas/communities on best nutritional practices.

Expected/designed cross-cutting focus/benefits

The project will have strong social and economic impacts. It is expected to have a strong impact on gender, because women are often more exposed to disease outbreaks than men, as has been observed in the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In addition, the knowledge generated under this project is expected to enlighten to links between climate change, green growth and sustainable human development. In addition to that at community level the project will involve formulation and implementation of recovery interventions, that will enhance their role as a positive force. The regional dimension of the project and its effect should also taken into account and also the private sector involvement in the economic recovery dimension.

The project is expected to be classified as category 2. The bulk of project resources will be devoted to capacity building involving procurement of relevant equipment, training and research. The project will adhere to the relevant countries' environmental and waste management guidelines and procedures in relation to equipment operations. It will also comply with the Bank's safeguards in relation with civil works where such works are envisaged.


Contacts clés

BUDALI Issahaku - OSHD1


Coûts

Source Montant
RWSSIUAC 837.998
Co-financierUAC 1.190.000
TotalUAC 2.027.998