The overall objective of the projects contribute to the progressive achievement of SDGs 1: “No poverty” and 10: “Reduced inequalities”, but also promotes progress towards Goals 2 "Zero hunger", 3: “Good health and well-being", 5: “Gender equality”, 8: “Decent work and economic growth”, 16: “Peaceful and inclusive societies” and 17: "Partnerships for the goals". In particular Goal 1 "Poverty" contains the commitment, through the target 1.3, to "Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable" and Goal 10 "Inequality", through the target 10.4, to "Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality".
The projects aim to mitigate the protracted crises on vulnerable host community, refugee and IDP households in Sudan, including the emergence of the COVID 19 crisis, and reduce poverty and inequality by extending social protection coverage. This will be achieved through the development of an evidence-based national dialogue on social protection led by MoLSD, enhancing social protection policy response across the development-humanitarian nexus and combining short term and longer term social protection sustainable approaches. This national dialogue would be an opportunity to bring together the major Ministries involved in social protection and policy reforms, such as the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP), but also other national stakeholders (workers’ and employers’ organizations, NGOs such as the GCSPF, academics, statistics bureau, etc.) and international organizations (UN agencies working on social protection such as UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, WHO, international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the Africa Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, but also regional institutions such as the African Union, the EU delegation, INGOs).
To support the MOLSD mandate in social protection, their leadership and the operational capacities, a large component will be related to the institutional capacity building of MOLSD and the social protection institutions, in particular the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the National Pensions and Social Insurance Fund (NPSIF). It will also involve analysis on ICT development and inter-operability between the social protection schemes. The projects will also provide technical assistance in developing strategies for extending social protection to currently uncovered and vulnerable populations, for instance workers in the informal economy.