By Wezzie Gausi:
The World Bank has pumped $128 million (about K131.8 billion) into the Climate Smart Enhanced Public Works Programme (CS-EPWP).
The programme is aimed at improving social and economic inclusion among the ultra-poor.
It will be implemented for two years from October 2022 to December 2024 with the National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC) managing the finances.
In an interview after touring one of the sites that benefitted from the pilot phase of the programme in Dowa, World Bank Practice Manager Robert Chase said he was impressed with how this phase of the programme ran.
He said the bank is committed to empowering rural masses so that they are financially stable while conserving the environment as a way of tackling climate change.
“We believe if poor people can be empowered with relevant resources, they can make a difference, especially in environmental conservation. We will make sure that this project is successful, now that we have scaled up countrywide,” Chase said.
NLGFC Coordinator of Climate Smart Public Works Programme Stanley Chuthi said the project is targeting 435,000 households countrywide.
He said participants will receive their payments once every two months.
“Beneficiaries of the project will work for 12 days in a month for six months of the year,” Chuthi said.
The line ministries for the project are Finance, Local Government, Agriculture and Gender.
The pilot phase rolled out in September 2020 and it ran for eight months.
Beneficiary districts include Chitipa, Karonga, Nkhotakota, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Balaka, Chiradzulu, Phalombe and Blantyre.