GIS – 23 July 2015: Government has doubled funds allocated to the Special Collaborative Programme for Support to Women and Children in Distress with a provision of Rs 34 million for the period July 2015 to June 2016.
The objective of the Special Collaborative Programme for Women and Children in Distress, set up in 2009 under the aegis of the ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, is to provide financial support to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOS), Community Based Organisations and Non-State Actors to implement projects focused on enhancing the livelihoods of women and children in distress and creating opportunities for their integration in the mainstream of development. A maximum of Rs 2 million can be disbursed under the Programme for a single project.
The Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare held an Informative workshop and capacity building programme today at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall in Port Louis to brief representatives of some 75 NGOs on the special collaborative programme as well as to enhance their capacity in terms of project conception and project write-up so as to have a better impact of the project and the outcomes can be measurable.
In her message to the participants, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, stressed Government’s will to support NGOs in their endeavours to improve the lives of women and children in distress. Speaking on the eligibility criteria that NGOs have to satisfy to benefit from the financial assistance, Mrs Perraud highlighted the need to ensure that the public money given is being spent wisely and has a significant positive impact on those vulnerable citizens.
According to the Minister, NGOs that are duly registered with the Registrar of Associations with a proven track record of at least one year of experience/ activities relating to the welfare of women and children and demonstrating sound financial management and good governance can make an application to obtain fund under the programme. Disbursement of funds is subject to approval of adequate project proposal following screening by the Technical and the Steering Committees set up to that effect. The financial assistance is then disbursed in instalments following close monitoring and evaluation of projects by a technical Committee.
Minister Perraud also listed the areas of intervention covered by the Special Collaborative Programme for Women and Children in Distress. Hence, project proposals should address the following areas: support to children victims of violence, abuse and neglect; empowerment of women and children in distress; preventive measures to eliminate all forms of violence against women and children; support to children with all form of disabilities; as well as assistance and integration of women detainees and their children in the society.
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