ABOUT THE PROJECT
The REP has two key aims. These are to help urban poor within the project to: i) increase income through short term employment; and ii) improve their knowledge, experience and skills that are valued in the workplace and will help in obtaining future employment. The project consists of two main components that work towards these goals.
Component 1: Rapid Employment Scheme: This first component will create roughly 500,000 labour days of work over the five years of the project. The Rapid Employment Scheme will be providing short term, temporary employment opportunities to vulnerable urban poor. The scheme will be run by the Honiara City Council and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and will focus on labour-based public works such as road repair, maintenance, foot path repair and construction, and garbage collection.
Component 2: Life-Skills Development: This component aims to provide training and seminars for targeted youth within the Rapid Employment Scheme (which will be, roughly, 50 percent of participants). The information sessions will focus on topics ranging from workplace behavior, basic money management, health, and domestic violence.
The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and the Honiara City Council will be the two main implementing agencies of the Rapid Employment Project with the Ministry handling road work associated with the project and the Council handling urban works and services. For road work projects, private contractors will work with community groups, while other urban works will be overseen by the Council and implemented by community and youth groups. The Council will also hire a training contractor to develop the life-skills development component.
The project, worth approximately US$7.2 million, is being financed by the World Bank and the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF), which is supported by AusAID and the New Zealand Government.
The REP is expected to benefit roughly 7,500 people, with at least 50 percent being youths, and will support equal gender participation. The REP will also provide secondary benefits for targeted communities and neighborhoods as well as the general urban population through the provision of infrastructure and services.