Quick Impact Programme for Refugee Zones: Community-based Production Centres and community rehabilitation projects with skills upgrading in Forest Guinea

May 9, 2005

  1. On May 9, 2005 (Monday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend a total of 1,124,414.41 dollar (approximately 119 million yen) assistance through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Quick Impact Programme for Refugee Zones: Community-based Production Centres and community rehabilitation projects with skills upgrading in Forest Guinea" to be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the Republic of Guinea.
  2. This project will implement following activities in Forest Guinea with high concentration of refugees from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d'Ivoire: promoting productive activities to create income generating and skill upgrading opportunities, and rehabilitating social economic infrastructure for refugees and members of host communities.
  3. The project is expected to benefit approximately 5,000 refugees and the members of host communities by increasing their incomes through upgrading their skills for metal working, blacksmith and so on. In addition, it is expected to reduce tensions between refugees and host communities by encouraging them to participate in the project together.

NOTE:

The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of approximately 29 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted many projects of UN agencies funds and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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