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World Bank Offers U$10M to Support 15,000 Youth

first_imgThe World Bank Board of Executive Directors on Friday, November 6, approved a new US$10 million International Development Association (IDA) credit for the Government of Liberia to improve access to income generation opportunities for targeted youth. This financing will also provide support for strengthening the government’s capacity to implement its cash transfer program. The Liberia Youth Opportunities Project (YOP) directly targets about 15,000 youth aged 15–35 years, 50 percent of whom are vulnerable female youth who will benefit from the household enterprise and productive public works components in urban and rural areas. The project also benefits extremely poor and Ebola-affected households by supporting the development of a safety net system, including the development of management information, electronic registration, and payment systems to complement the Emergency Ebola Response Project. “This project supports the basic building blocks of a social protection system that increases resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable households and groups to cope with future shocks by engaging in productive employment,” said Inguna Dobraja, World Bank Country Manager for Liberia. “This is entrenched in Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation Human Development Pillar which emphasizes the promotion of shared and equitable economic growth in Liberia.”The project will provide apprenticeships to vulnerable youth in urban areas and support agricultural transformation and value chain addition using productive public works and Community-Driven Development approaches particularly for youth in rural areas. To mitigate the impact of future shocks, the project will also improve efficiency in the delivery of cash transfers to targeted households, including to youth. The YOP activities will be implemented in close cooperation with the private sector.Suleiman Namara, Task Team Leader for the YOP, said “we recognize that rural and urban youth have different employment constraints and therefore the project is designed to address specific needs of different cohorts of youth, with a focus on pre-employment and life skills activities to strengthen youth participation in the labor market.” As part of measures to ensure that results are achieved, the project emphasizes corruption prevention and grievance redress mechanisms. The project will therefore engage independent anti-corruption institutions and civil society in third-party monitoring of project implementation and benchmarks.The World Bank Group will continue to work closely with Liberia and its development partners to support the global Ebola response and post-Ebola recovery efforts in the country.The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, and helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.8 billion people, the majority of whom live on less than $2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about $18 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

La Mirada falls short

first_imgAnd when the Matadores took a quick lead about five minutes into the fray, that optimism must have elevated to confidence. But while La Mirada was competitive the remainder of the game, Sunny Hills validated its seeding by coming back for a 4-1 victory to advance to Saturday’s championship game against Mayfair and end the Matadores’ season with an 18-10-2 record. • Photo Gallery: La Mirada vs. Sunny Hills FULLERTON – With only one loss in its previous 13 games (11-1-1), La Mirada High School’s girls soccer team had every right to be optimistic entering Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division III semifinal playoff game against Sunny Hills, even though the host Raiders are the division’s No. 1-seeded team. “I thought we did a pretty good job of handling Tanya (Taylor),” La Mirada coach Dennis Guerra said. “I don’t think we gave her many opportunities to play her game, but that gave other players the chance to step up, and they did. That’s why they’re the No. 1 seed.” Taylor did manage to score her 35th and 36th goals of the season. The rest of the time, she made the Matadores defenders work hard. Lauren Cope scored La Mirada’s goal, set up by Kerry Klunder’s well-executed corner kick. The ball was knocked down in front of the goal, bounced and then was drilled past goalkeeper Ilyana Ari. “Kerry has played tremendously through the playoffs,” Guerra said, “and that corner kick did exactly what it was supposed to do, bounce around in front of the goal.” Taylor’s first goal moments later got the Raiders even with a penalty kick after Cope was called for a hand ball in the penalty area. center_img Kelsie Layana scored her first of two goals in the 36th minute with a header from close in over a teammate and a defender for a 2-1 halftime lead. While most of the first half was played in La Mirada’s half of the field and Matadores goalie Kiki Salazar recorded six of her 10 saves in the half, Sunny Hills (24-1-5) was not afforded many quality attempts because of La Mirada’s hard-working defenders. “I think Kiki played a solid game,” Guerra said. “She did all she could do against a very good team.” La Mirada never really got into an offensive flow and spent much of the game clearing the ball. Sunny Hills scored two goals in quick succession early in the second half, and essentially put the game away. With coach Jeff Gordon exhorting Melanie Serrata to “get the ball up, just a chip shot” on a corner kick, Serrata sent a line drive that teammate Audrey McKay ducked under while attempting a header. But Layana was right behind her and redirected the ball into the goal beyond a diving Salazar. The goal gave Sunny Hills a 3-1 lead. Two minutes later, Taylor gained possession just inside midfield, and serpentined her way through a handful of defenders before making a successful shot from about 15 yards to complete the scoring. “I think set plays were the difference today,” Gordan said. “Tanya came up big today, and we had a very good defensive effort all around. “We didn’t make a lot of adjustments. We have a system we stick to no matter who we’re playing. It seems to work.” in the 52nd minute roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more