FG, USAID, World Bank collaborate on disability empowerment

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he Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is set to collaborate with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  and the World Bank to finance a large-scale programme for disability and women empowerment in the country.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who disclosed this,   said it was part of the package of takeaways and successes achieved by the Ministry during the US-Nigeria Bi-national Commission meeting held in Washington DC, the United States.

The disability and women empowerment programme, Farouk said, would cater for the welfare of the disabled and vulnerable women in the country.  The programme will be run in concert with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs. She stressed that the  programme  would be delivered through the conditional cash transfers, which is targeted at the most vulnerable segment of the society.

Farouq said that her Ministry will work with the World Bank to convene a conference on disability and women empowerment in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs , the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other relevant agencies.

According to her, the Ministry is working to sharpen the modalities for implementing the programme on disability and women empowerment programme.

“The Ministry and the World Bank Mission in Nigeria will convene a meeting to discuss modalities and areas to reallocate funds within the International Development Association (IDA) to focus on programmes for disability and women empowerment,” she said.

It could be recalled that the United States Government recently pledged humanitarian assistance worth US$40million for Nigeria in 2020, while USAID was willing to contribute to the process of early recovery, after the Ministry meets some conditions.

The Minister held meetings with USAID, World Bank and US Institute for Peace (USIP), all of which identified areas for collaboration and various forms of support and expressed willingness to share experience and research with regards to the programmes.

According to the Minister, they also  expressed willingness to share experience and research outcomes in the critical areas of post-conflict recovery and community reintegration and resettlement.

“They are willing to provide technical support and resources in building a coordination framework amongst all MDAs for quick take-off of the Ministry.

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