“Cash for Work”, a Project that Supports People in Need While Contributing to Service Improvements of Water Utilities

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The German Government, through GIZ, has started the implementation of the project “Cash for Work” in 12 Water Utilities in Albania.  “Cash for Work” is a short-term intervention used to provide temporary employment in public areas to the most vulnerable crisis-affected population. The main goal of the project is to help the part of the population mostly affected by the economic effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and in the meantime to assist Water Utilities in their daily work, tightened due to the additional requirements in the pandemic.

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The Water Utilities specified relevant projects for this charity works, carried out by unemployed persons of the community. The works include rehabilitation of public Water utilities assets and infrastructure such as, cleaning of drainage channels, wells, collectors, reservoirs, forestation, and waste collection in public spaces.

Cash transfer is the modality used for this intervention, providing direct cash to beneficiaries, and securing them with the opportunity to spend cash on their prioritized needs.

This project has a triple impact: it gives economic help to marginalized groups, by ensuring they are able to meet their food requirements; it helps water utilities to support their work, especially during summer- heavy season; and ultimately it injects cash into the local economy.

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The twelve water utilities included in the project are Shkoder, Kukes, Bulqize, Cerrik, Elbasan, Korçe, Pogradec, Vlore, Lushnje, Himare, Sarande and Delvine. Meanwhile, 559 persons are employed thanks to this project for a three-month period.

Additional priority is given to the community works together with the inclusion of vulnerable groups, like poor people and unemployed persons with regards to gender equality as well as the integration of people with disabilities.

This programme started in August of this year and it will be completed by the end of October 2021.