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Guinea-Bissau : Building Resilience for Vulnerable Populations (English)

The objective of the report is to analyze the risks and vulnerabilities faced by the population and the existing social assistance programs. It seeks to identify the residual risks born by the population and make recommendations to improve social assistance. The report represents a best effort to identify the social assistance programs included in the 2020 and 2021 General State Budget (Orçamento Geral do Estado) and classify them into cash transfers (including noncontributory social pensions), food and in-kind transfers, public works, fee waivers and targeted subsidies, and other social assistance. It reviews these programs and shows that total budgeted expenditures of the social assistance programs totaled US$35.1 million in 2020 and US$36.3 million in 2021, which are almost exclusively (over 95 percent) financed by donors. It also reviews programs not included in the budget and implemented by large nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The report outlines the main principles of a social assistance strategy and provides recommendations to assist the government in improving its strategy and monitoring implementation. These principles include prioritizing vulnerable groups, evaluating and rationalizing existing social assistance programs, increasing local and community participation, establishing a national registry of beneficiaries, and developing targeting mechanisms to reach the priority groups. The strategy should also include resources to monitor the implementation of the strategy itself, and its impacts on the vulnerabilities of the population. The report shows that Guinea-Bissau’s social assistance strategy could prioritize pregnant women and young children to reduce nutritional deficiencies and morbidities. Medium priority could be assigned to at-risk children not registered at school, the poor affected by disability, the elderly poor, refugees and internally displaced persons. The strategy could give special attention to girls who face more pronounced risks, including early pregnancy. The strategy could also prioritize groups within geographic regions. For example, programs that target the rural destitute could receive top priority. Medium priority could be given to the poor living in areas affected by natural disasters, including the coastline, where climate change has the most significant impact. The strategy could adopt mitigation measures and prepare emergency plans to alleviate the immediate effects of natural disasters and health hazards.


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    Guinea-Bissau : Building Resilience for Vulnerable Populations



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Guinea-Bissau : Building Resilience for Vulnerable Populations (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group