03-28-2017, 07:58 AM
Keywords: completed advanced stages of the project «Social Development Fund»
BAGHDAD / Omar Abdel Latif
The national team's "Social Development Fund" cut off the advanced stages of the project, which aims to support efforts to improve the living conditions and opportunities for the poor and marginalized groups in Iraq, local initiatives, in addition to providing job opportunities through training programs and lending to small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Mahdi Keywords that " the national team of the Fund completed the advanced stages of the project," he said . " The World Bank will fund the foundation stage of 50 million US dollars."
Keywords and said, in an interview for the "morning", on the sidelines of a meeting of the Supreme National Committee for the strategy of poverty alleviation, "We started holding meetings and workshops with the World Bank experts series,
regarding the Social Development Fund, and we have come a long way ahead of the full frame legislative and operational has set up, as well as complete the follow - up and evaluation aspects and the role of organizations and local governments to him.
" Keywords expressed hope that " the completion of the project and presented to the Council of Ministers before the end of the first half of this year, to become legal legislation to be submitted to the House of Representatives," he said .
"There is a role of the general budget of the State and Provincial Development and the World Bank to provide grants to the Fund, in addition to other donors, to enable the poor construction of small projects can help them to improve their reality of living.
" Whereas, the Director General stated strategy of poverty alleviation in the Ministry of Planning, Naglaa Ali, said the workshop highlighted the findings of his own work of the Fund the difference.
She explained Ali, in an interview with the "morning", "Five teams are working within the framework of the project, singled out the first of which the institution and legislation , and the second in the implementation mechanisms and the life cycle of projects, and the third mechanisms of monitoring and follow - up, and the fourth civil society organizations within the local communities, either fifth Fajts funding sources Fund ", noting that" part of this funding will come through donors.
" She added that " the meeting included identifying notes for specialists in these teams, and the evaluation of the World Bank regarding the finalization of its work." In the same context, he drew a spokesman for the Ministry of Planning, Abdul Zahra al - Hindawi, that "social development fund is the first of its kind in Iraq,
where he endorsed the idea of the project by the Council of Ministers about three months from now before, and began to work the executive steps through the development of mechanisms his work and the draft law. "
Hindawi said, in an interview with the "morning", that " the committee in charge of the project cut off advanced strides towards completion, which aims to finance poverty alleviation in Iraq projects , " explaining that " the financing of Alsndq are through two tracks, the first general
state budget allocations, and the second grants and subsidies that are obtained from abroad.
Hindawi that "our key partners in the project are represented by the World Bank international bodies, local representative bodies of the private sector and civil society organizations." He drew a spokesman for the Ministry of Planning that "upon completion of the project, will choose steps for the first three provinces, namely Muthanna , where the poverty rate to 52 percent,
and Salah al - Din , which was liberated areas and returned Nazhoha to them and need support to enable the infrastructure and empowerment of the poor, and the third Dohuk province Tadr more than the province received displaced from the areas controlled by the "Daesh" gangs of terror in a timely manner ,
"adding that" the Fund finances projects in the aspects of the provision of services to the poor in the area of housing, health, education, employment and the granting of loans to be individuals positive in society.
" The great social protection officials at the World Bank Ghassan Khoja said that the bank played two roles, the first technical support to set up the fund to benefit from the international experience and adapted to the local context in Iraq, and the second financing of projects that will emerge if it was launched.
He added Khoja, in an interview with the "morning", that " the Iraqi government has asked the bank 's financing this fund $ 50 million in the first phase in the three years of its establishment.