US Congratulates Iraq on Social Safety Net

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad congratulates the Government of Iraq (GOI) on its launch of the Social Safety Net (SSN) program.

The Social Safety Net helps ensure that unemployed and disabled Iraqi citizens have access to sufficient financial aid and benefits from the government. Many vulnerable Iraqis will benefit from this important system.

The U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrative Reform Project, is proud to have collaborated with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) and the World Bank in supporting GOI efforts to establish the new program.

Thanks to the customized SSN software, MoLSA has already benefited from a savings of 28 million dollars - funds that were channeled back into the system to support more families. The SSN covers more than one million Iraqis and reflects the GOI's commitment to combat poverty.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs launched the Government of Iraq's Safety Social Net program on Thursday, December 12. Dr. Nassar Al Rubaie, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, hosted the event at Baghdad's Al Mansur Melia Hotel.

The USAID Administrative Reform Project, also known as the Tarabot project, supports the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement through its work with the Government of Iraq to help it strengthen public management institutions and improve delivery of services to its citizens.

(Source: Embassy of the United States)

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