World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$107 million in financial grants to the countries of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda to provide integrated health and counseling services, legal aid, and economic opportunities, to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The project will also strengthen health services for poor and vulnerable women in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
The Great Lakes Emergency SGBV and Women’s Health Project is the first World Bank project in Africa with a major focus on offering integrated services to SGBV survivors. The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), an intergovernmental organization with 12 member states, will also receive support to further adopt a regional policy response to SGBV. In addition, the project will expand access to much-needed maternal and reproductive health services in the DRC and Burundi.
The project’s grants, which are financed by the International Development Association (IDA*), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, will benefit over 641,000 women and girls, of whom half a million live in the DRC. The DRC will receive about US$74 million, while Burundi and Rwanda will receive about US$15 million each, and the ICGLR US$3 million. The project will support and complement the ongoing efforts of these governments and their partners, including UN agencies and NGOs operating in these countries. Read more here.
Source: Business Ghana / Peace for women