UNDP consigns US$10.2 million to new aid programme for Sao Tome and Principe

20 March 2015

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has consigned US$10.2 million to a new programme to help Sao Tome and Principe in the 2015-2016 period, a UNDP representative said Wednesday in Sao Tome.

António Viegas said in a statement sent to Macauhub in Sao Tome archipelago that the new aid programme would be signed Friday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The amount available under the new programme will be applied to poverty reduction activities and achieving Millennium Goals, democratic governance and a sustainable environment and development,” reads the statement signed by Viegas.

Started in 2012, UNDP’s support to Sao Tome and Principe now stands at US$17.4 million in various projects involving different organisations.

In terms of fighting poverty the focus will be on investment in health, education, clean water and sanitation, as well as democratic governance through investment in justice, women, media, focusing on the environment to combat pollution and increase afforestation, particularly in the north of the island of Sao Tome. (macauhub/ST)