Rabat - A new World Bank report ranked Morocco’s National Initiative for the Support of Human Development Support Project (INDH) among the world’s five largest social safety net programs.
Rabat – A new World Bank report ranked Morocco’s National Initiative for the Support of Human Development Support Project (INDH) among the world’s five largest social safety net programs.
The World Bank released its 2015 report on The State of Social Safety Nets. It aggregated the budget for the social safety net programs of 157 countries.
The report noted that around 55 percent of the world’s poorest population,773 million people, still lacked safety net coverage. It also said that Morocco and four other middle-income countries, have the world’s largest social safety net programs, reaching over 526 million people.
Morocco’s National Initiative for the Support of Human Development Project INDH ranked third in the World Bank’s list of the World’s five largest social safety net programs, behind India and Ethiopia, followed by Russia and Bangladesh.
The report noted that over 4 million people have benefited from INDH thus far. This number, however, is inconsistent with the Moroccan government’s official statistics.
In May 2015, the Minister Delegate to the Interior Minister Charki Draiss, stated that the number of benefiters reached 2.9 million, and the budget amounted to MAD 7.45 billion, including INDH’s contribution estimated at MAD 4.38 billion.
Commenting on this report, Othmane Kayer a professor of economy at the University of Mohamed VI said that the INDH has achieved most of its objectives; enabling large segments of the Moroccan society to have access to employment generating activities and has guaranteed them stable incomes.
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