Africa-Press – Angola. The World Bank (WB) in Angola this Thursday praised the performance and innovative spirit of the Angolan authorities in the execution of the Local Development Project and Social Protection Program (Kwenda), Jornal de Angola learned.
In a congratulatory message to the Social Support Fund (FAS) team in charge of implementing the program, the BM representative in Angola and responsible for Kwenda, Philippe Auffret, highlights the fact that, in 2021, more than 300,000 transfers were made monetary benefits, with 59.1 percent of the beneficiaries being women.
In the letter, the BM recognizes that it is possible to carry out direct cash transfers in Angola on a large scale, using rigorous and internationally accepted methodologies, in the process of registration, validation and payments.
By the end of 2021, Kwenda benefited 314 thousand households, in a first phase, with cash transfers. Each of these families received, quarterly, 25,500 kwanzas.
For the BM, Kwenda is already beginning to assert itself as one of the references in the bank’s portfolio of projects in Africa, emphasizing that, by creating a Complaints Participation and Management System, within the framework of social and environmental safeguards, the program has promoted a important step forward for citizen engagement.
In the message, quoted by Angop, the World Bank reiterates, on the other hand, its readiness to continue collaborating with the Angolan Government and the FAS team in advancing the actions.
The global financial institution foresees new challenges for 2022 arising from the need to learn from experiences, adjust the indicator framework, gradually expand, and move towards the institutionalization of the Program.
Of the current beneficiaries, out of a total of 536 thousand 333 households registered in the country, 59.1% are women. 102 villages in 35 municipalities in the country’s 18 provinces were cataloged in 5,000.
The program expects, by 2023, to serve 1,608,000 households. The country has already invested USD 23 million of the USD 420 available, of which USD 320 million is financed by the World Bank and 100 million by the Angolan Executive.