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Sweden Provides $7 Million in Support of the UN Social Protection Joint Programme

© UNICEF Mozambique / S. Taylor
Mr. Jesper Morch, UNICEF Representative (left) and His Excellency Mr. Torvald Akesson, the Swedish Ambassador to Mozambique signing the agreement on social protection.

MAPUTO, Mozambique, 3 March 2011 – At noon today, the Swedish Ambassador to Mozambique, His Excellency Mr. Torvald Akesson, together with Mr. Nuno Cunha, ILO Representative; Mr. Jesper Morch, UNICEF Representative; and Ms. Lola Castro, WFP Representative, met at UNICEF to sign a new agreement in support of the UN Social Protection Joint Programme, which was first established in 2007. The Joint Programme supports government-led programming for the gradual scaling-up of sustainable social protection initiatives, but will also involve civil society in the design and implementation of social protection programmes. Through this agreement, Sweden is making available a total of SEK 45,000,000 (approximately USD 7 million) over two years.

© UNICEF Mozambique / S. Taylor.
From left to right, Mr. Nuno Cunha, ILO; Ms. Lola Castro, WFP; Mr. Jesper Morch, UNICEF; and His Excellency Mr. Torvald Akesson, the Swedish Ambassador to Mozambique, following the signing of the new agreement.

The funding provided by Sweden for the UN joint programme will build on past achievements and take the implementation of the Basic Social Security Strategy forward by further strengthening the institutional capacity of INAS, with a specific focus on targeting the most vulnerable and on the monitoring and evaluation of programme impact, and by implementing two social protection programs: a Public Works Programme (PWP) and a Malnutrition Programme (MNP).

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