The World Bank has offered a grant to the government of Cameroon worth $190 which is about 100.7 Billion Frs CFA, to enable Yaounde complete ongoing projects that are aimed at reducing the difficulties faced by refugees and internally displaced persons living in the country.
The agreements to this effect was signed in Washington D.C., Thursday April 11, on the sidelines of the annual meeting of officials of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, IMF with representatives of governments.
Numbering four, the agreements are for the financing of two projects; one to improve access to education for these persons; considered to be the most vulnerable.
The other is to create social networks to recruit manpower for the execution of labour intensive projects that require the use of both unskilled and highly skilled manpower.
In the official statement sent to the press on the subject, government specified that the development projects were financed in the ratio of 60 million dollars for the social network project and 130million for the education reform project.
The former will reinforce ongoing projects that aim at putting in place pilot program for money transfer to improve livelihoods of the most vulnerable and poorest of the poor already identified in some localities across the country. It added that councils where such persons have been spotted; including communities hosting the mass of refugee influx and internally displaced persons would henceforth have money transferred directly to their accounts to enable them take care of these categories of persons.
The document made known that there were presently not less than 372,542 refugees being hosted by Cameroonian communities. They plan to provide funds, through money transfer to councils for them to execute such jobs. It equally announced that some 23,000 persons were already employed for this project, with 8,500 of the hands being refugees and or internally displaced persons.
For the second project which targets the education sector, they revealed that it aims at improving equity in the accessibility of basic education to the vulnerable and poorest of the poor. They stressed that such access must also aim at making sure that the type of education given to the disadvantaged is of good quality.
The donors also promised to embark on the recruitment of more teachers to beef up basic education for refugee children and children of the internally displaced.