The World Bank has approved the release of US$50 million to be spent on the Productive Social Action Programme (PASP) in 40 rural districts of Mozambique, said Wednesday the director of the National Institute of Social Action (INAS).
Luisa Cumba, who was speaking during a visit to an administrative post in the Moatize district, Tete province, said the programme, which began this year, will be implemented by 2018 by INAS and until that date will benefit more than 100,000 households.
The project manager of the World Bank, Eric Zapatero said a decision had been made to finance the PASP project in order to reduce levels of poverty in the 40 districts covered in Mozambique.
Beneficiaries of PASP receive 650 meticais (about US$13.5) to work for four hours a day, four days a week, said the director of INAS, who believes that the project will have a positive impact on households identified as being the poorest in the communities.
In addition to repairing access roads, beneficiaries may decide to set up businesses that generate family income, said Cumba, adding that the central government would implement the same programme in another 45 districts. (macauhub/MZ)