Cash for Work Promoting Peaceful Co-existence
Activities for the long-awaited Japanese Government and United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-funded Cash for Work project have been officially launched in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe District, Uganda.
The project is implemented by Save the Children with the aim of expanding support within the communities in Bidibidi, integrating market strengthening activities with demand, rapid income support and providing secure and continuous income-generating microbusinesses for families. This is expected to create less dependence on climate-reliant farming activities.
Some of the activities which the refugees and host community will be involved in during the project duration include road maintenance, tree planting, rubbish/garbage clearance and rubbish pit construction.
The project uses UNDP’s 3x6 approach that promotes sustainable livelihoods for crisis-affected groups.
“These three principles and six steps include inclusion, engagement, income generation, ownership, sustainability and access to markets,” says Angeline Matereke, the acting team leader of the project at Save the Children.
Under Cash for Work, the refugees and Ugandans (host community) will plant trees, maintain roads, clear garbage and dig rubbish pits in markets, health centres, schools and child-friendly spaces and in return each participant will be remunerated with a stipend.
“The project targets women and men aged between 18-35 and households that have persons with special needs, women-headed households, the unemployed and living in Bidibidi settlement or around host community,” Matereke explained.
In line with the World Food Program and UNDP daily wage policy, Save the Children will provide up to 30 working days per person for 500 participants, during which time they will earn a maximum of $120 each.
UNDP’s Florence Ochola encouraged members of the project to use their stipend well.
“Please form savings groups and save some of your money so that you can borrow it later to start income-generating activities to support your families,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the other refugees, David Lodu said the Cash for Work project is promoting peaceful co-existence among the refugees and Ugandans, on top of engaging them in productive work.
Leila Adru, a Ugandan who spoke on behalf of the host community, said the project would enable her cater for her children’s needs and save money to start a business.
By James Odong