Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to the project in the Gabonese Republic

May 10, 2010

  1. On 10 May, the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 2,194,426.40 US dollars (approximately 263 million yen) through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled “Strengthening Human Security through poverty reduction and sustainable social development for refugees and local host communities in Gabon” in the Gabonese Republic, which is going to be implemented by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO).

  2. Gabon hosts 12,500 refugees originating from 22 countries and they live with local population. In rural areas they are facing human security threats resulting from a lack of basic infrastructure including in health and education. This project aims to improve living conditions of both refugees and local population through application of protection and empowerment. The activities will include the following:

    -Increasing agriculture productivity and income including through agricultural technical assistance to refugees and local population, workshop targeting staff of local authorities, provision of equipment, fertilizer and seeds, and micro-credit ;

    -increasing access to primary health care of refugees and local population, particularly pregnant and children, including through provision of medical kits to health centres and clinics, information on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, awareness raising of gender based violence (GBV) to government officials, NGO and legal and psychological assistance to victims of GBV;

    -empowering refugees and local population through vocational training

  3. This project is expected to promote the human security of refugees and vulnerable local population in Gabon.

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