WB gives $200m to help poor urban youths, migrant returnees

WB gives $200m to help poor urban youths, migrant returnees
The World Lender approved $200 million to greatly help Bangladesh provide support and services to the low-income urban youths influenced by the ongoing pandemic and the involuntary migrant returnees to improve their earning opportunities and resilience.

The Recovery and Improvement of Informal Sector Job (RAISE) project can help about 175,000 poor urban youths and low-income micro-entrepreneurs enhance employability and productivity.

The project will help by providing them with life-skills training, apprenticeship programmes, counselling, microfinance and self-employment support, the WB said in a statement yesterday.

It will help about 200,000 eligible migrants, who had been forced to return since January 2020, to either sustainably reintegrate into the domestic labour marketplace or prepare for remigration.

"International migration and urban informal sector have got played a central role in Bangladesh's amazing success in lessening poverty over the years. Even so, both sectors were hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic," stated Mercy Tembon, World Bank's country director for Bangladesh and Bhutan.

"The job will support both sets of staff to overcome structural barriers to employability and facilitate resilient post-pandemic growth."

For the low-income urban youth and micro-entrepreneurs whose livelihoods have been impacted by Covid-19, the job will support an monetary inclusion programme which will be tailored to in shape the individual necessities of eligible beneficiaries.

The range of services offered include life-skills and socio-emotional counselling, on-the-job learning through apprenticeship programmes, business management training and microfinance for self-employment and informal microenterprises.

Through a thorough programme, the project may also help low-income migrants, a lot of whom have returned with high debt burdens, by providing them with counselling to greatly help determine immediate needs and aspirations.

Socio-emotional counselling may also be provided to aid their reintegration in to the community.

To provide these services, the project will create 32 district welfare centres and will likewise support the upgrade and integration of data systems which will streamline social protection service delivery for aspiring, current and returning migrants.

"As the project will focus on the immediate wants of migrants who've returned because of Covid-19 impacts, through the systems advancement and capacity construction, it will also advantage outgoing and voluntarily returning migrants, their own families and communities, over the long run," stated Syud Amer Ahmed, Environment Bank's senior economist and group leader for the project.

"It will also concentrate on the wants of feminine returnees, including psychosocial counselling and referrals to gender-based violence related services, together with ensuring specific outreach activities to support their financial reintegration."

The credit is from the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA), which gives concessional financing, includes a 30-year term, including a five-year grace period.

Bangladesh currently gets the largest ongoing IDA program, totalling more than $13.5 billion.   The Environment Bank was among the first development partners to aid Bangladesh and has committed a lot more than $33.5 billion in grants, interest-free and concessional credits to the united states since its independence.
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