Togo: Basic Social Safety Nets Ends, Impacting over 100,000 Households

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 14:52
Togo: Basic Social Safety Nets Ends, Impacting over 100,000 Households

(Togo First) - The Basic Social Safety Nets (BSSN) project in Togo was officially closed on May 24, 2024, after 6 years of implementation. The project, led by the National Agency for the Promotion of Grassroots Development (ANADEB), absorbed over XOF 39 billion in funding from the World Bank, the French Development Agency, and the Togolese government.

The project provided over 15 million school meals to 52,173 students across 161 public primary schools. It also delivered cash transfers to 104,240 households in nearly 975 localities and offered business development training to 13,732 women.

The World Bank's social portfolio head, Raphaela Béatrice Karlen, commended the BSSN's results underscoring how they met beneficiaries’ expectations. "While we are pleased to have supported the government in achieving and exceeding all the objectives set by the project and successfully meeting the expectations of the beneficiary communities, we recognize that the reduction of extreme poverty and vulnerability must continue, drawing lessons from the project's experience to build a strong and sustainable social protection system," she noted.

The Minister of Grassroots Development, Myriame Dossou, highlighted the BSSN's role in strengthening resilience and social cohesion within communities through support measures, training, educational discussions, and capacity building. 

Initially scheduled to end in 2021, the project was extended until 2024 due to its importance and relevance in improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable populations.

Esaïe Edoh

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