Regional Support Program for Social Safety Nets

Most West African have not yet acquired enough experience regarding the implementation of projects and programs on social  safety nets in coherence with strategies or national policies of social welfare. The " Regional  Support Program  for  Social Safety Nets” in West Africa - PRAFNSS " of the ECOWAS aims at supporting its member countries in their efforts of initiating and implementing innovative programs relative to the social  safety nets. This program is being supported by some ECOWAS partners  particularly the Spanish Agency for International  Development Cooperation (AECID).

ECOWAS through RAAF based in Lomé, and with the financial support of the Spanish Agency for International  Development Cooperation (AECID), proposes co-financing "innovative" projects relative to the social Safety Nets. These projects are implemented by  non-profit non-state actors:  International NGOs, national and local federations, associations and organizations of producers of breeders, the agro-industry,  associations of the rural women as well as by local government authorities. These projects however have to contribute to strengthen States initiating  and  implementing the program. The project will be implemented in all member states of ECOWAS with priority to  beneficiary States  of the AGIR initiative.

As such, the ECOWAS and the Spanish Cooperation provided potential tenderers, a general indicative amount of 2,5 billion CFA francs for  co-financing innovative projects regarding social safety nets of safety. This amount will be used through 2 calls for proposals. The present  call for proposal which is the first one constitutes  a total of CFA franc 1.1 billion.

The second call for proposal will be later organized in 2015 or 2016 and will concern the remaining amount of CFA franc 1,4 billion. The maximum amount of every project is fixed between CFA franc 50 million  and CFA franc 100 million. The initial duration of the project is between 12 and 24 months. However, depending on the evolution of the implementation of the project, some adjustments can be made between RAAF and the expanding organizations  of the aforementioned projects. To respect the principle of co-financing recorded in the orientation of the Programme,, the contribution of the tenderers (or their partners will have to be at least 10 % with regards to  the total budget of the proposed project. Consequently the  proposed activities within the framework of this call  will only cover a maximum of 90% of the  total budget of the project.

Expected Results

The project involves cofinancing some innovative projects relating to Social Safety Nets in West Africa. These projects will be implemented by the non-profit non state actors:  International Non Governmental Organizations, and local, federations,  agro - associations and producers' organizations, the agro-industry, the associations of rural women as well as local government authorities.

The call for proposals of  this project is  being  finalized. The official launch is scheduled for the first quarter 2015 on various websites but also in two newspapers that are widely read by each of the member countries. The call for proposals of project covers all 15 member countries of the ECOWAS.



Leonidas Hitimana
Chief Technical Advisor, FAO
Leonidas Hitimana
Chief Technical Advisor, FAO

Technical Partners

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Financial Partners

Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)
Economic Community Of West African States ( ECOWAS )


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