GEWEL which standards for “Girls Education, Women Empowerment and Livelihood” is a new initiative by Government of the Republic of Zambia with support from the World Bank whose development objective is to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia to increase access to livelihood support for women and access to secondary school education for disadvantaged girls in extremely poor households in the selected districts.
The project became effective in April, 2016 upon signing of the agreement between the Republic of Zambia and the World Bank.
The project has three components namely Keeping Girls in School (KGS), Supporting Women Livelihood (SWL) and the Institutional Strengthening and Systems’ Building (ISSB).
The Ministry of General Education is responsible for the implementation of the KGS component while Ministry of Community Development and Social Services is responsible for the implementation of SWL component and the identification of the girls from the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) households for education support under the KGS component in sixteen (16) districts.
The Institutional Strengthening and Systems’ Building implementation cuts across all three ministries namely Gender, General Education and Community Development and Social Services.
The Ministry of Gender is the overall co-ordinator of the entire project while Ministry of Community Development and Social Services are he implementers of the two components
The SWL component will be implemented over the period of five years in a phased manner across the 51 districts in the country and will cover 11 districts in the first phase, 20 districts in the second phase and another twenty districts in the third and last phase, spread all over the 10 provinces of Zambia. It is planned that the SWL will reach a total caseload of 75,000 households.
The SWL intervention targets the following:
- Extremely poor households
- Households where the breadwinners are women, aged between nineteen(19) and sixty-four (64) years and fit for work
- Households with children under the age of eighteen (18) yrs
- Household not benefiting from Social Cash Transfer (SCT).
SEEVCA which stands for Service Efficiency and Effectiveness for Vulnerable Children and Adolescents is a project being implemented by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services with support from UNICEF and USAID. The initiative is aimed at coming up with a sustainable approach to case management for vulnerable children and adolescents living in SCT programme beneficiary households, as well as other households facing multiple vulnerabilities. The strategy combines the SCT programme with standardized case management that supports access to other existing services and information.
The project which is being implemented in 15 districts will eventually be scaled up to serve all the vulnerable children and adolescents in Zambia. The selected districts are Kitwe, Mufulira, Luanshya, Chililabombwe, Chingola, Ndola and Kalulushi on the Copperbelt and Lusaka, Shibuyunji, Chirundu, Chilanga, Kafue, Chongwe, Rufunsa and Luangwa in Lusaka Province.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
The objectives of the SEEVCA Project are to:
- Provide education support to secondary school going children in SCT households;
- Provide a learning platform for cash plus services initiatives
COMPONENTS OF THE SEEVA PROJECT
The components under the project are:
- Payment of School Fees: Payment of school fees to secondary school going children from SCT Households;
- Case Management: Districts to develop a Case Management System for dealing with the vulnerable children and adolescents being provided with education support for purposes of follow up and learning purposes.
The project targets school going children from the SCT Households in the 15 SEEVA implementing districts.