BUJUMBURA July 6th (ABP) – The activities planned for the year 2018-2019 as part of the action plans of the Ministry of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender were achieved at 98.9%, as disclosed on Thursday by Minister Martin Nivyabandi, during an internal evaluation meeting. For the Minister, the score is consistent with the rate of achievement of the annual action plan of the ministry which is based on the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027.

In 2017, we were ranked 1st for the implementation of the action plan with more than 100%,” the minister told the press, adding that this is not surprising because his staff has understood the interest of Planning. Among the success factors, he cited advice, adjustments and teamwork. “Every week, we meet with all the managers and every month with the directors general at the level of the central administration and the institutions under supervision to evaluate, detect obstacles and challenges, in order to adopt new strategies and actions to carry out.

An action plan evaluation is also done every three months and every six, and today is the culmination of all that we have done throughout the year,” said Nivyabandi. “When you have responsibilities and you do make efforts to make assessments regularly, you see in time, what are the challenges and obstacles in order to lift them and gradually find solutions,” he added. There are challenges related to partners and the availability of means. But when you know it in time, you have time to adjust. In his opinion, that is what explains the good score achieved by his ministry during the implementation of the action plan. Mr. Nivyabandi further said that the field impact is significant.

Some of the people assisted on the field might have health problems if the ministry had not been there. Now, there are fewer people being held in hospitals. After the healing, the ministry arranges with the hospitals to release them. People are passionate about denouncing cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Cases of violence are dealt with at the judicial level and hospital one. They will have a database that will allow them to initiate programs and take scourge reduction-oriented initiatives.

Among the actions carried out, it was noted the rehabilitation of the houses of the disaster victims and the distribution of the iron sheets to the disaster victims and the vulnerable in general. The ministry will continue to focus on the impact of its actions on people’s standard of living. The workshops will now decrease. According to the minister; the workshops are a logic of the partners to hypnotize us without seeing the field change.

For the year 2019-2020 that begins with this month of July, the Minister advised his staff to schedule the main activities in the first months of the year to avoid the collision with the 2020 electoral activities.

The minister said that NGOs that gather street children to feed them will be identified and closed because they perpetuate the phenomenon of street children. The government’s policy is clear in this regard. Whoever wants to help them should bring them home or integrate them into a community, Minister Nivyabandi said.

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