The Minister of Social Affairs and Microfinance, Véronique TOGNIFODE MEWANOU, defended her department’s budget before the deputies of the Budget Committee. For the year 2023, it requested an envelope of 29,122,744,000 CFA francs.
In 2023, the government plans to influence the population through social measures. More than double the budget for 2022 will be implemented. Social Affairs Minister Véronique TOGNIFODE MEWANOU obtained the discharge of MPs for an envelope of 29,122,744,000 CFA francs, against 13,261,130,000 CFA francs in 2022, an increase of 15,861 614,000 CFA francs, an increase of 119.61%.
This increase is explained, according to the Minister, by the great ambitions of the General Action Plan 2021-2026 which primarily aims to enhance the population’s access to basic social services and economic and financial opportunities.
In 2023, strong actions will be taken to dramatically improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable population groups and reduce social inequalities. Social protection for all and care for vulnerable groups, especially children, the disabled and the elderly are the expectations for the coming year.
Among the priorities, we can cite the transformation of Social Promotion Centers (CPS) into a single window of social protection (GUPS): construction, equipment and equipment. These modern GUPS close to the grassroots population will be able to address all weak targets of social work.
Under the 2023 measures, there are among others:
– Initiation of a social networking program produced in all districts of Benin, on the basis of the Unified Social Register (RSU);
– The generalization of health insurance for the ARCH project in all municipalities of Benin;
– Continuing the ARCH pilot phase of artisan capacity building training: to impact 23,000 artisans;
– Circular granting of 100,000 CFA francs for the Alafia micro-loan;
– financial education for microcredit recipients;
– The continuation of the SWEDD project (13 billion CFA francs will be injected in 2023 in several regions) to keep girls in school through cash transfers to poor families, as well as the distribution of more than 30,000 school kits for girls;
– the animation of 153 “Safe Spaces” to train and empower 280,000 life skills-enhanced young girls and another 280,000 empowered girls;
– Supporting 4,500 mothers in income-generating activities and supporting 1,200 midwives;
– – Continue to reform the sanitation of child care and protection centers;
– – Extension of a child helpline to combat violence against women;
– Organizing awareness campaigns against social evils in educational circles;
– Starting the pilot phase of the socio-educational classes;
– Create income-generating activities for active rural women’s groups with the aim of effective empowerment.
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November 24, 2022