Sunday, February 11, 2007

World Bank Team Inspects NaCSA Projects PAGE

A dirt road in Moyamba

A five-member World Bank Mission has undertaken an inspection visit of NaCSA projects in four districts in the Western Area, and the Southern Region.

Led by the World Bank Africa region sector Manager, Eva Jarawan, the team, including Sierra Leone Task Force Manager Giuseppe Zampaglione, visited projects in the Western Rural Area, Bo, Moyamba and Pujehun districts.

The visit is part of routine supervision missions and contacts with beneficiary communities to get first hand impression about project implementation issues.

The inspection started at Devil Hole, in the Western Rural District, where the Joint World Bank/NaCSA team visited the Gravity-fed water system project.

At the end of the exercise the World Bank Mission leader, Eva Jarawan expressed satisfaction with the projects and lauded the participation of the communities in their implementation.

The NaCSA team was headed by the Director, Community Development Programme, John Paul Ngebeh.

The NSAP is jointly funded by the World Bank and the Government of Sierra Leone, with the beneficiary communities taking the lead in implementing projects and contributing about 10% of the total cost in the form of sand, stones, bush sticks and unskilled

NaCSA/Handicap International Discuss Cooperation

The National Commission for Social Action NaCSA and Handicap International (HI) have held discussions on possibilities for cooperation and collaboration.

The discussion in Freetown took place against the background of the successful implementation of a major psycho-social project by Handicap International and exploring a partnership on social integration and income generation projects.

Briefing the Commissioner, the New HI Programme Director, Philippe Martinez, said they have been working in Freetown, Bo and Koidu, but will now concentrate their activities at the Bo Government Hospital this year, commencing in March. Among other things, he said they will focus on children and ex-combatants to see how they can assist them in social reintegration and income generation and hope that they can collaborate with NaCSA in these areas where they worked with Amputees and the War Wounded for many years.

Responding, the Commissioner of NaCSA, Alhaji Kanja Sesay said he was happy to receive HI and welcomed the New Programme Director to the country. He explained the mandate of the commission and its work, especially with Amputees and War Wounded.

Alhaji Sesay informed the HI team of Government’s policy in resettling Amputees and the War Wounded in the same way as other displaced people, disclosing that a Trust Fund has been started, while the Reparation programme recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation and being implemented by NaCSA is now in its pilot stage.

He stated NaCSA willingness to collaborate with Handicap International and wished the New Programme Director, a happy and successful stay in Sierra Leone.

Handicap International collaborated with NaCSA and implemented a major psycho-social project in the Kailahun district during 2005/2006 as part of the French – funded Kono-Kailahun Development Fund (KKDF).