On the 19th of August, Susan Maloba, Program Manager for SODEI’s Cameroon Youth Resource Center, was invited to the office of the Delegate of Youth Affairs and Civic Education to discuss SODEI’s participation in a meeting on the implementation of a Safety Net Project. This initiative launched by the government aims to improve living conditions for vulnerable populations.
The safety net project intends to identify and help the most impoverished families in the communities through youth organisations and communal groups. The tool which will be implemented by the government is the emergency cash transfer. Through this measure, the families identified will benefit CFA18,000 ($32) every two months to sustain their families.
The Safety Net program is funded by the World Bank and launched in 2013. The development objective of the Social Safety Net Project for Cameroon is to support the establishment of a basic national safety net system including piloting targeted cash transfers and public works programs for the poorest and most vulnerable people in participating areas within the recipient’s territory. In 2018, $60 million US dollars (CFA34.9 billion) extra was financed by the Executive Board of the World Bank. It has previously been limited to the far North, North, Adamawa, East and North West Regions, as well as the cities of Doula and Yaounde. With the additional financing, the project will now touch every region of the country including the Southwest.
After the introductory meeting our organisation was shortlisted and invited to a final selection phase. During this final exercise representatives of Youth organisations were asked to present themselves and the work of their organisations. SODEI’s Field Coordinator Otu Emmanuel Sakwe who did brilliantly well, was selected on behalf of the organisation. He will be representing SODEI in the taskforce to help identify the most impoverished families to benefit from emergency cash transfer.