A Grant Agreement for the “Support to Conflict Affected Families” project was signed Friday by Sylvie Bossoutrot, World Bank Country Manager for Armenia, and Atom Janjughazyan, Acting Minister of Finance of Armenia. Funds for the project are provided by the multi-donor State and Peacebuilding Fund, through a one-year grant of $3.72 million.
The Government of Armenia has developed a broader social protection response package with support from development partners and non-governmental organizations. This project will be implemented by Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia, through its subordinated agency — the Unified Social Service – and aims to improve the resilience of conflict affected people and reduce the financial burden of host families, with a particular focus on women and vulnerable members of the population.
“We are pleased to sign this timely Agreement supported by the State and Peacebuilding Fund Grant,” says Sylvie Bossoutrot, World Bank Country Manager for Armenia. “This project is of extreme importance and the assistance granted to displaced individuals and their host families will help to improve the resilience of families affected by the conflict.”
The proposed project will contribute to select social protection and employment support programs, which are part of a larger support package targeting displaced people and their host families, from the Government of Armenia.
Specifically, the project aims to:
- Reach around 11,530 displaced persons with a monthly cash benefit equal to the minimum wage (68,000 AMD) per adult/child for up to four months in Armenia.
- Provide cash assistance/income support to 3,975 families in Armenia hosting displaced people to help meet basic consumption needs.
- Temporarily subsidize an employment program for 936 displaced people who are looking to gain work experience in Armenia and facilitate their labor market participation and economic inclusion.
- Support 115 displaced individuals through the public works program (cash-for-work).
“The project is designed to especially benefit women affected by the conflict,” says Maddalena Honorati, World Bank Task Team Leader. “According to the rapid multi-sector needs assessment conducted last December, women represent 70 percent of the adult displaced population. The cash transfers will help them meet their basic needs on a day-to-day basis. More importantly, the project will improve the resilience of the displaced families and promote the social cohesion in their host communities.”
The State and Peacebuilding Fund is a global fund administered by the World Bank to finance critical development operations and analysis in situations of fragility, conflict, and violence. The SPF is supported by Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, as well as the World Bank.