Supporting "Community Action for Reintegration and Recovery of Ex-combatants" Project in the Republic of Congo
September 30, 2005
- On September 30 (Friday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,047,629 US dollars (approximately 113.14 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Community action for reintegration and recovery of ex-combatants--Youth at risk integration project" to be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Republic of Congo.
- The purpose of the project is to empower ex-combatant youths in the regions devastated by the civil wars of the Republic of Congo, who are in a precarious situation of being lured into militias due to little educational and employment opportunities. The project aims to build the capacity of these youths to become productive members of societies through the following areas of activities:
- Engaging ex-combatants in income generation activities such as agriculture, fisheries, and manufacturing of agricultural products;
- Rehabilitation of social and economic infrastructure such as feeder roads, schools and health clinics;
- Sanitation and environmental rehabilitation such as constructing public water sources to support access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation;
- This project is expected to re-integrate the youths into the Congolese society by making them stakeholders in its re-construction and in turn sustain the long-term recovery of the Republic of Congo.
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 more than 130 UN agencies' projects and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.
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