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.
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.