Partner/Funder: NKAUFORO IBAN USA
Implementation States: AKWA IBOM
Period: 2005 & 2013- 2014
This project was inspired by the need to expand access to HIV/AIDS educations for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) who were the major birth attendants in our rural communities. “Saving the Unborn Child” project included training of TBA’s on HIV/AIDS, and equipping them with basic tools for PMTCT as well as potential infection of themselves with the virus. 22 TBAs across Uyo 7 Ibesikpo Asutan LGAs were sensitized on PMTCT and universal precautions. ECEWS also carried out Voluntary Confidential Counseling and Testing of HIV in ProHealth International supported Free Health Care programs including awareness campaign in ante-natal care clinic and capacity building of health workers.
In September 2013, ECEWS received funding support from Nka Uforo Iban Akwa Ibom State USA Inc. to implement an empowerment project for ultra-poor market women in the Akpan Andem entrepreneurial market, Uyo and Abak main market. Active implementation commenced with advocacy to relevant stakeholders, community mobilization and sensitization, identification and selection of the beneficiaries, capacity building of beneficiaries in Basic Business Practices, seed grants disbursement, supporting the market association to achieve minimum operating standard, monitoring and reporting on the project. At the end of the day a total of 51 women received funding under the project.
Eno Tom and Madam Eno Efanga who before now were depending on the goodwill of others to buy and give them periwinkle on credit to sell before refunding money could now buy periwinkle in bags from source. They have cleared their debts and now have added other ware to their stock. The Market Women Association, currently has a well-documented list of members by group, hold regular executive and general meetings with minutes, and can monitor projects executed to benefit their members.
Implementation State: OYO, OSUN & CROSS RIVER
Period: 2019 – 2022
ECEWS is implementing a multi-year third party monitoring of the World Bank Assisted National Social Safety Nets Programmes in 3 Nigerian States of Cross River, Osun and Oyo under Nigeria’s National Social Safety Nets Programme Coordinating Office (NASSCO). As the independent third-party monitor, ECEWS is responsible for the verification transparency and compliance with principles of identification of the poor and vulnerable households (PVHHs), transparency and compliance with principles of selecting beneficiaries; payments of cash transfers to beneficiaries; and amount of disbursement of cash transfer by Payment Service Providers (PSP) to beneficiaries selected from the social registry, functionality of the grievances management mechanism and the effectiveness for managing complaints and appeals as well as the adequacy of education, information and communication mechanisms of the project at all levels.
On the project our team have reached over 15,000 beneficiaries through the Open Data Kit (ODK) Questionnaire, 12000 beneficiaries through focused group discussion and attended to over 500 complaints through the key informant interviews.
Across the targeted states, ECEWS’ intervention has made it possible for hundreds of eligible venerable households to access their conditional cash transfers, resolve grievances and several programmatic issues. On the project, ECEWS maintains a healthy working relationship with the respective state government and relevant stakeholders.