The programme brief description
A significant and persistent number of people born within “hard-to-reach” populations around Gabon fail to be registered at birth. Without birth certificates, women and men from rural populations cannot later gain national identity cards. Without identity cards, they cannot access or reap benefits from the social protection system (state health and education services), “leaving them behind” on multiple SDG indicators over the course of their lives. Through this project, increasing the number of those registered at birth within “hard to reach” populations will guarantee them access to health and education, which, over the longer term, will increase their chances to survive, thrive and enjoy their broader rights. A mix of interventions will target legal reform, enhanced outreach and awareness-building, accelerated, sustained birth registration and longer-term accompaniment in order to ensure no one is left out of Gabon’s social protection system and that future populations can benefit from basic social services without obstacles.
This project adopts a systemic approach between the United Nations System, other development partners, government, local communities, the private sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations, each according to their respective areas of competence. A mix of interventions will target legal reform, enhanced outreach and awareness-building, accelerated, sustained birth registration and longer-term accompaniment in order to ensure no one is left out of Gabon’s social protection system and that future populations can benefit from basic social services without obstacles.
Women, children, girls, youth, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, rural populations.
- The programme will ensure that hard-to reach populations receive the same benefits as others.
- The programme ensures that there will be no discrimination based on gender, ethinicty, religious denomination and geographical origin of potential beneficiaries.
- The population in rural areas represents 13.3% of Gabon’s total population.
- Poverty is mainly a rural phenomenon with a poverty rate of 59.9% compared to a rate of 21.0% in Libreville and 29.4% in urban areas.
- Rural areas in Gabon account for 24% of the country's poor.
- The percentage of households with access to drinking water is 96% in urban areas compared to 39% in rural areas.
- In rural areas, households only have 45.9% access to electricity and urban areas have 98.4% -The primary school enrolment rate for boys and girls is 83% and 84% in urban areas compared to 79% and 79% in rural areas.
- Access to hospitals is 61.2% in urban areas compared to 45.9% in rural areas.
- Illiteracy remains higher among women (67.8%) and particularly in rural areas (88.8%).
- The proportion of women with no education is reported to be 21%.