Title of the project
Furthering Economic and Social Inclusion for People with Disabilities(PwDs).
Topic addressed by the project
Socio- Economic Development project for people with disabilities in a least developed country. This project falls under the theme of Social Development and Protection project by the World Bank.
The Haitian people have been long subjected to poverty, which is magnified by the country`s regular natural calamities. Today, in addition to local currency inflation, Humanity & Inclusion studies of local marketplaces discovered that the cost of essential products has risen since the 2010 earthquake. To make things more difficult, many people have lost their jobs as a result of the accident. As a result of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince in Haiti and other regions, the number of people with disabilities increased tremendously. A project was initiated by the World Bank and the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Trust Fund. Through the implementation of this project, people with disabilities will be supported in a productive inclusion and labour market activation process. They will also be integrated into the social registry to facilitate access to social assistance benefits. At this time, it is important for all humanitarian actors to coordinate and work closely with organizations of people with disabilities to identify and address Disabled people, must be included and prioritised," Pierre argues. "NGOs must collaborate with disability-led groups since they are the ones who are familiar with persons with impairments." There is no humanitarian help available without them. "We can`t do it by ourselves."
Aim of the Project
The Promoting Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Social Protection and Employment Programs Project seeks to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in social protection and employment programmes in Haiti in a variety of ways. As a result of successful completion of the project, more than half of the handicapped persons participating now work for a living, including those who have started their own enterprises.
Key objectives of Project
The project entitled Promoting Inclusion of PwDs in Social Protection and Employment Programs aims to promote the inclusion of PwDs in social protection and employment programs in Haiti through:
- Promoting the well-being of disabled people by supporting their productive inclusion. Helping them to generate income and to become self reliant.
- Identifying eligible PwDs through the SIMAST(Systeme d’Information du Ministere des Affaires Sociales et du Travail, Information System of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor) social registry for social benefits.
- Providing job placement and training services to enable people with disabilities to access the labour market.
- Using outreach activities, such as a communications campaign, to disseminate knowledge.
- Providing support to help the participants set up and pursue their goal.
Critical Success Factors / Expected Outcomes
There can be no overstatement of the significance of this project that provides PWDs with opportunities to participate in everyday tasks. These programs not only offer a means for participation in everyday activities, but also can help to improve quality-of-life for both PwD’s and the rest of the society.
The outcomes of the program supported by Haiti’s State Secretary for Integration of Disabled People have been noteworthy. This program is a local community-based care initiative aimed at supporting people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. The expected and completed outcomes that contribute to as critical success factors are:
- Registering Haiti’s 50,000 PwDs in the social registry.
- A total of 127 disabled individuals have been trained as a result of this initiative.
- 127 trained individuals are now involved in revenue-generating activities, including nine who have created their own businesses and three who have established associations.
- Organizing further professional training and job fair opportunities for 50,000 PwDs. This is covered by the budget of $75 million grant from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA).
Resources used and Estimated Budget
For the project to be implemented effectively, Human resources, materials, and cash resources have been devoted.
A team of workers is acquired by the following organizations for the project.
- Office of the Secretary of State for the Integration of People with Disabilities (BSEIPH)
- Humanity and Inclusion an NGO working for Haiti
- Coordination Nationale de la Sécurité Alimentaire (CNSA)
- Association for the Promotion of Education and Training Abroad (not-for-profit organisations)
Material supplies like mobility aids, IT infrastructure, and training equipment are utilised throughout the project
- The World Bank and Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) contributed US$2.29 million towards the entire project for BSEIPH.
- A grant of US$140,000 from the PHRD to the World Bank was used for technical assistance of the project and it contributed to the successful usage of advanced technologies.
Activities within Project
In a project, activities are the means of identifying and documenting the tasks to be performed in order to create deliverables. We are primarily focused on the three work packages and sequence of activities that result in a deliverable. The activities for each focused work package are as follows:
- Carrying out household surveys in the entire region
- Collecting data through study conducted in Port-au-Prince region
- Analyse the data gathered
- Registering the data into database
- Reaching out to the eligible candidates to provide training
- Running campaigns to promote inclusion of PwDs in the training programme
- Delivering necessary equipments to help with the training
Creating accessible job markets:
- Promoting disability inclusive skills development
- Conducting job fairs to ensure job placements
- Vocational rehabilitation
As for the future scope, this project will provide much needed finance and technical support to establish safety nets in Haiti and will provide cash transfers to PwDs identified in SIMAST and through the PHRD grant. The expected timeline for the activities is detailed in the diagram below:
Project Management Practices
Different Project Management methodologies have been used to evaluate and monitor the working of the project.
- Work Breakdown Structure: After isolating the major objectives of the project, activities were created to accomplish the goals.
- Project Scheduling: Multiple training programs and
- Risk Management: We have used a Fishbone diagram, also known as cause-and-effect diagram to help us understand the complexities of the project. Using this diagram, we can isolate the major factors that contribute to the main objective of the project.
- Quality Assurance