The World Bank is concerned that despite committing almost one billion United States dollars to Girls Education and Women Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL) project, 60 percent of the funds have not yet been disbursed.
World Bank Country Director for Seven Southern African countries, which include Zambia, Paul Noumba Um says the Bank is willing to even increase its funding above One billion, but the Zambian government must help to distribute the money faster.
Mr. Noumba Um is however impressed with the Girls Education and Women Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL) project, which he has hailed as one of the most successful interventions.
Mr Noumba Um said this when he called on Vice President Inonge Wina in Maseru.
He also noted that despite the level of income going up significantly in a number of southern African countries, most of them are still faced with the problem of malnutrition among children below the age of five.
Mr. Noumba Um explained that it is against this background that the World Bank has called a meeting to engage with policy makers on how the problem can be tackled.
And Mrs Wina said it gives a sense of worry to note that huge amounts of resources are taking long to be disbursed.
She has however assured that there is political will from the highest office in the land to ensure the successful disbursement of the funds.
Mrs Wina said Zambia needs enhanced financing to carry out a number of advocacy programmes.
The Vice President, who thanked the World Bank for inviting her to deliver a key note speech at the Early Childhood Nutrition Conference in Lesotho, expressed Zambia’s commitment to early childhood nutrition.