The new financing will support the original project's overall objective to assist the Government of
"Through the original project, the Rwanda Government has efficiently provided a powerful incentive for Rwandan combatants fighting in eastern DRC to lay down arms and reintegrate peacefully in their communities in
The additional financing credit will provide the same benefits as the original project, with three additions, in light of lessons learnt: (i) social orientation for dependents of ex-combatants; (ii) mental health screening, counseling, treatment, or referral for adult and children ex-combatants; and (iii) support to disabled ex-combatants through Integrated Rehabilitation and Production Workshops (equipment and training).
"The provision of strengthened mental health support and additional support to vulnerable groups will facilitate the inclusion of ex-combatants into the workforce at the community level and contribute to increased social cohesion," said Natacha Lemasle, World Bank Task Team Leader for the SEDRP.
With the new activities supported by the additional credit, the number of beneficiaries settled in their chosen communities will increase as well as their capacity to advance their own social and economic reintegration. Access to services by ex-combatants through central and local government service provision mechanisms will also increase.
The original project also included a
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