|Approval Date||24 Jul 2020|
|Signature Date||04 Aug 2020|
|Planned Completion Date||31 Dec 2021|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|DAC Sector Code||15124|
The proposed intervention focuses on the Sierra Leone component of the Multi-Country COVID19 Crisis Response Support Programme (MCCRSP) in The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The MCCRSP is a Crisis Response Budget Support (CRBS) under the COVID-19 Crisis Response Facility (CRF). It seeks to contribute to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impact in the GLS countries. This is a multi-country ADF grant totalling UA 38.15 million comprising: (i) an ADF Grant of UA 5 million and a TSF Pillar I Grant of UA 5 million to the Republic of The Gambia; (ii) an ADF Grant of UA 3.14 million and a TSF Pillar I Grant of UA 7.01 million to the Republic of Liberia; and (iii) an ADF Grant of UA 9 million and a TSF Pillar I Grant of UA 9 million to the Republic of Sierra Leone. The three countries have been combined into one group to ensure efficiency in processing of the CRBS to ADF-eligible countries under the Regional Delivery Coordination Office for West Africa (RDGW). Indeed, the countries have similar characteristics and needs in dealing with the pandemic. Their health sectors are constrained due to human and infrastructural bottlenecks. Upon declaration of first cases of COVID-19 on March 11th, 16th and 31st, 2020 in The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone, respectively, the countries took urgent steps to put in place contingency plans to prevent and contain the virus. However, infection cases have been on the rise across the countries. As of June 29th, there were 45 confirmed cases in The Gambia; 768 cases in Liberia; and 1,427 cases in Sierra Leone. The proposed operation will help to contain the spread of COVID in order to facilitate the lifting of lockdown measures and enable economic recovery process to start. It seeks to contribute to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impact in Sierra Leone.
The Programme seeks to contribute to the rapid response to COVID-19 with a view to containing the spread of the pandemic, alleviate suffering of the vulnerable, and enhance economic resilience. Its operational policy objectives are to: (a) strengthen Government’s capacity to contain COVID-19; (b) expand social protection to vulnerable groups; and (c) contribute to the countries’ economic resilience and public accountability.
The direct beneficiaries of social protection programme will include: targeted vulnerable female-headed households including orphans, and school-going children. The business community especially targeted MSMEs will benefit economic resilience support. Indirect beneficiaries include the population at large who will be cushioned against the effects of the pandemic and benefit through improved macro environment, fiscal transparency, and accountability.
African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
|Last Update||24 Oct 2020|
|Name||KAMANGA Fenwick Dingiswayo|