PARIS — A Louis Berger-led consortium has been awarded a 9 million euro ($10.1 million USD) technical assistance contract to the Angolan Ministry of Social Assistance and Reintegration (MINARS) to help implement a large social services improvement initiative: the Support Project to the Angolan Government to Define and Implement an Effective Social And Solidarity Protection Policy (APROSOC). This European Union financed contract aims to bolster the delivery of social services at a national level by strengthening MINARS’s institutional capacity.
“This contract’s main goal is to assist the Angolan Government in deepening its social assistance and reintegration policies targeted at the country’s most vulnerable populations since post-war reconstruction ended," said Daphnée Benayoun, Louis Berger’s director of institutional development. “We are honored to have been selected as a key partner in the MINARS’s institutional capacity building efforts.”
As part of the contract, the consortium will provide technical assistance and knowledge transfer to MINARS civil servants and staff working at the central, regional and local levels as well as to other relevant institutional stakeholders. Consortium experts will train staff and stakeholders in modern methodologies used to improve the analysis, preparation and implementation of social policy. In addition, MINARS will receive upgraded project management and enhanced internal and external communications systems that enable better monitoring and faster, more efficient decision making.
The consortium also will provide MINARS with new protocols and platforms to bolster its national and international inter-institutional exchange programs, which will result in better coordinated joint positions at international forums and will improve information dissemination targeting public stakeholders.
Louis Berger has more than 50 years of experience in Africa and over 20 years of experience working in Angola, where the firm has implemented nearly 20 projects covering a broad range of professional services in the economic and institutional development, transportation and water sectors.
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