UN and Government teams to visit cash-for-work sites

10 May 2012

(Suva, Fiji) - The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme Resident Representative, Knut Ostby together with UN colleagues and a government delegation led by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Taina Tagicakibau and the Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture Keshwa Reddy, will visit the areas in Rakiraki that benefitted from a cash-for-work programme following devastating floods last month.

The cash-for-work programme was extended to flood affected market vendors to assist them in rebuilding their livelihoods as well as enabling them to contribute to recovery efforts in their communities. The cash-for-work programme is funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from UN Women, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UN Volunteers.

Through the cash for work programme, 352 men and women, of which 85 percent women, were assisted to carry out a range of activities including cleaning the Vaileka market surroundings, improving drainage works as well as replanting crops that were washed away by the floods.

The UN and Government teams will visit the Vaileka market area as well as the Tokaimalo community, where the cash-for-work has supported the replanting of crops. The programmeis envisaged to boost livelihoods activity in the Yasana o Ra and the spin offs to the four districts, Saivou, Nalawa, Rakiraki and Nakorotubu communities.

Prior to beginning the site visits, a Letter of Agreement will be signed between the UN and government teams to facilitate the implementation of early recovery work in Rakiraki.

Contact Information

Shobhna Decloitre, UNDP Communications Specialist on Shobhna.decloitre@undp.org, or (679) 9926396