The World Bank Social Protection and Labour Mission visited NaCSA to further assess the implementation of the Social Safety Net programme that deals mainly with unconditional cash transfers to communities in the nine beneficiary districts in Sierra Leone.
PM Idris Turay stated that the first disbursement for five (5) new districts whose beneficiaries were from the Rapid Ebola Safety Net (RE-SSN) have now graduated to the main Social Safety Nets (SSN) programme
Briefing the World Bank team the Commissioner for NaCSA Alie Badara Mansaray on behalf of the commission explained that the Social Protection Secretariat under NaCSA has been implementing cash transfers to vulnerable communities in the four (4) districts of Moyamba, Kono, Bombali and Western Rural and the additional five (5) new districts of Kailahun, Bo, Kenema, Port Loko and Tonkolili.
These interventions, the Commissioner maintained have benefited the target serviced communities immensely. A data system has been set up for proper documentation although there has been some challenges, yet the commission has made significant progress, he added.
The World Bank task team leader for the mission, Nina Rosa, explained the significance of their mission and its various supported activities including the progress of the Labour Intensive Cash for Work which caters mainly for youths engaged in Agricultural activities in communities among others.
Giving the overall progress report, NaCSA’s Programme Manager for Social Protection Idris Turay, dilated on outstanding issues related to the cash transfer payment processes including the use of the ESCROW account and reconciliation on both the financial and Management Information System (MIS system). He also highlighted the first disbursement for the five (5) new districts whose initial beneficiaries were from the Rapid Ebola Safety Net (RE-SSN) and have now graduated to the main Social Safety Nets (SSN) programme. He concluded by making some recommendations on improving the programme management and implementation.
A presentation on the financial status updates covering the Social Safety Net (SSN), the Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW), and the Rapid Ebola Social Safety Net (RE-SSN) formed part of the meeting.
The Bank Team held meetings and workshops, and paid courtesy calls to implementing partners who were engaged in the poverty reduction social safety net programme in Sierra Leone.