World Bank satisfied with implementation of digital payments of Social Cash Transfer


The World Bank has expressed satisfaction with Zambia in its implementation of digital payments of Social Cash Transfer (SCT) when compared to other Africa countries.

World Bank Task Team Leader for the Girls Education Women Empowerment and Livelihoods (GEWEL) Project, Nadia Selim, made this observation.

According to Selim, Zambia had done well with the digital scale-up of Social Cash Transfer payments which had reportedly expedited the implementation progress.

She said this during a courtesy call on the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Permanent Secretary, Angela Kawandami.

The Ministry had rolled out digital payments, enabling beneficiaries to receive money through various mobile money service platforms and other financial institutions.

This transition from a physical to a digital payment system had enhanced the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of social protection service delivery.

Under the GEWEL project, Selim was impressed with the Implementation of the Supporting Women’s Livelihoods (SWL), and Keeping Girls in School (KGS), with an assurance of continued support for effective implementation.

“Zambia should be proud of making so much progress in the implementation of various social protection programmes as well as in addressing some implementation challenges,” Selim said.

In response, Kawandami said 139, 351 women had so far received support for improved livelihoods under the Supporting Women’s Livelihoods project (SWL).

She said this was compared to the project target of 129,400 since the inception of the project in 2016, which she stated it was a huge implementation millstone.

She commended the World Bank for the continued financial and technical support to the Ministry especially at a time like this when the nation is going through a drought situation.

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