Posted by: africanpressorganization | 15 August 2008

Cote d’Ivoire / United Nations / Basic information on « 1000 microprojects » for the reinsertion of ex-combatants and young people at risk


Cote d’Ivoire / United Nations / Basic information on « 1000 microprojects » for the reinsertion of ex-combatants and young people at risk

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, August 15, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — What is the “1000 Micro projects” initiative?


« 1000 Micro projects » is a pilot reinsertion programme financed by the United Nations. It falls within the framework of support for the national programme for the reinsertion and reintegration of ex-combatants and former militia members, established by the Ivorian Government and supported by the international partners (European Union, World Bank, United Nations agencies, bilateral operations and UNOCI).

How much financing is allocated for each ex-combatant?

The allocated financing is CFA 300,000 to CFA 400,000 per ex-combatant.

Who are the beneficiaries of the initiative?

The beneficiaries of the « 1000 Micro projects » initiative are:
–        Demobilised ex-combatants who have demobilisation cards ;
–        Demobilised members of militias or self-defence groups who have demobilisation cards ;
–        Young people at risk ;
–        Women and children associated with the armed groups.

The identification of these beneficiaries is done with the support of national structures in charge of the reinsertion of ex-combatants. These are the National Reinsertion and Community Rehabilitation Programme (PNRRC – French abbreviation), the National Civil Service Programme (PSCN) and the Integrated Command Centre (CCI).

How are projects selected and approved?

The identified projects are submitted to a selection committee established at the local level and made up mainly of representatives of UNOCI, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the PNRRC and the PCSN. The project committee meets each week to study project proposals sent by the identification structures that have been set up. The project committee then draws up a selection report and transmits it to the Project approval committee which, in principle, is located in Abidjan. This committee comprises representatives of UNOCI, UNDP, PNRRC, PCSN and CCI.

Projects that have been selected and approved are sent to UNDP for financing. UNDP executes these projects through various executing agencies: GTZ, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and NGO and national bodies known for their expertise in the area of development.

Which are the areas of activity covered by « 1000 Micro projects »?

The “1000 Micro projects” initiative covers a wide range of activities, in particular:

–        agriculture
–        animal husbandry
–        fishing
–        mechanics
–        market gardening
–        building construction
–        catering

NB: this list is indicative

The « 1000 Microprojets » initiative is aimed at contributing to the fight against poverty and youthful unemployment. It is also meant to create a stable security environment for free and transparent elections while facilitating the socio-economic reinsertion of former combatants in their communities of origin.

How are the projects monitored?

A team comprising UNOCI’s Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Division, UNDP, PNRRC and PNSC will be in charge of monitoring and evaluating the projects. It will conduct field visits to check their progress.


SOURCE : Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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