Financing the rollout of the social registry and protecting the populations that are most vulnerable to shocks
The poorest populations are the most vulnerable to shocks. This reality is particularly noticeable in the “Poverty triangle” in Mauritania. To optimize and coordinate social safety nets for these populations, the World Bank is supporting the Mauritanian Government in the rollout of the Social Registry, the TEKAVOUL social transfer program, and its shock-response program. The TEKAVOUL program supports the poorest households in a regular and sustainable manner with monetary transfers and social advancement sessions. To efficiently and securely undertake these transfers, the program has put a network of private sector payment agents in place. This network can easily be extended to other vulnerable groups, either temporarily or permanently.
Offering social welfare to over 200,000 households
The program is already in place in several departments, mainly covering the Wilayah (administrative divisions) of Gorgol, Assaba, Guidimakha and Tagant as well as Hodh, the area bordering Mali. The Social Registry already covers 53,000 households while TEKAVOUL supports 12,000 households. The coverage of the Registry should expand to 200,000 households in 2020 and that of TEKAVOUL should reach 20,000 households in 2018, then 35,000 in 2019, and finally 100,000 in 2021. The shock-response program should support over 10,000 households.
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