Second selection round for the 2013 micro projects program
On September 13th 2013, the micro-projects selection committee chaired by the Aid Councillor, Mr. Philippe Liège held its meeting at the French Embassy, in the presence of Mr. Stuart Manon, representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mrs. Fabiola Bibi representative of the Minister of Education. The purpose of this meeting was to approve the community projects to be funded mainly through the second instalment of the 2013 “Fonds Social de Développement”.
The aim of the French Embassy’s micro-projects program is to provide people living in remote areas with access to basic needs, such as drinking water, good conditions of education, health facilities and the possibility to launch and to develop economic activities for the local communities.
This program of the French Embassy is funded through the “Fonds Social de Développement” (FSD), which amounts to 500 000€ (around 60M Vatus) for the 2010-2013 period. For the second instalment in 2013, 10 micro-projects have been approved for a global amount of 4M Vatus.
Half of the selected projects concern schools and education, mainly to complete renovation of classrooms or the building of small libraries for very remote schools such as the School of Bakavegug on Toga Island in the Torres Islands or the Primary School of Nergar on Merelava.
The requests in terms of rain water collection are still very numerous, that is why the FSD has answered positively by funding water tanks for remote communities such as Merig Island in the Banks islands.
Moreover in order to address the communities’ needs in terms of economic development, the committee has striven to choose concrete projects in this field, by supporting the building of a market house for the south of Maewo, in Nasawa.
The micro-projects program appears to be a very efficient tool for development, as each micro-project is a direct answer to a direct need expressed by the communities themselves who set up and manage successfully their own project.
The next selection round should take place at the end of November and the granted budget should amount from 7 to 8 million vatus.
If you are interested to get more information (in French) about this program, please click here.