BUJUMBURA August 16th (ABP) – The National Commission for Social Protection organized on Friday August 13, in Bujumbura province (western Burundi), a coordination workshop for projects in social protection programs working in Bujumbura province, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
At the end of that workshop, the permanent executive secretary of that commission, Mr. Arcade Nimubona, told a check by ABP that his impressions are good. It was after he noticed that there are a lot of social protection workers in that province.
However, he lamented, there are disparities in their location, as long as some communes are favored over others. In addition, he recommended that workers go to all communes and all zones, if possible, to avoid duplication and that there are beneficiaries who are assisted a lot while there are others who are not.
During the workshop, participants reviewed funding, targets, criteria for choosing beneficiaries and areas of intervention so that there is equity in the assistance.
The administration was asked to follow these stakeholders in the field so that there is good coordination. Stakeholders have been asked to give quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports, while managers are called upon to strictly enforce what is written in projects so that projects are 100% successful.
There have been projects in the past that did not meet their targets or goals, said Nimubona, who noted that those projects only exist in name. He said they want projects that are truly visible on the ground and that are beneficial to beneficiaries.
As it was pointed out that there are projects which are developed elsewhere without taking into account the needs of the beneficiaries, the permanent executive secretary recommended that there be the involvement of the administration, even of the beneficiaries if possible. He noted that the government needs projects that align with its will and that take into account the National Development Program (PND). The latter must guide everyone involved in social protection or any other activity of the project or program, he concluded.