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Chagossian Welfare Fund

The Chagossian Welfare Fund Act No 21 of 1999 has replaced the Ilois Trust Fund Act of 1982. At present, the Chagossian Welfare Fund which operates under the umbrella of the Ministry of Defence and Rodrigues, provides among others, for the enhancement of the social and economic welfare of members of the Chagossian Community in the Republic of Mauritius.
The Fund aims, inter alia,
  • at advancing and promoting the welfare of the members of Chagossian Community and their descendents in Mauritius;
  • developing programmes and projects for the total integration of the members of Chagossian Community and their descendants into the Republic of Mauritius; and
  • maintaining and managing the Chagossian Community Centres in Mauritius together with other community facilities vested in it for the benefit of members of the Chagossian Community and their descendents.
Since its inception, the Chagossian Welfare Fund has been administered by a Board which manages the affairs and assets of the Fund. The Chagossian Welfare Fund Board comprises the following:
  • A chairperson appointed by the Prime Minister;
  • A representative of the Prime Minister’s Office;
  • A representative of the Ministry responsible for the subject of finance;
  • A representative of the Ministry responsible for the subject of family welfare;
  • A representative of the Ministry responsible for the subject of social security;r
  • Representative of the Ministry responsible for the subject of education;
  • A representative of the Ministry responsible for the subject of health;
  • Representative of the Ministry responsible for the subject of youth; and
  • 7 representatives of the Chagossian community, 2 of whom shall be children of members of the Chagossian community
 
Mr Louis Olivier Bancoult, OSK, is the actual Chairperson of the Chagossian Welfare Fund Board.
 
Any querries regarding the Chagossian Welfare Fund Board should be addressed to:
The Secretary
Chagossian Welfare Fund Board,
c/o Ministry of Defence and Rodrigues
6th Floor, Government Centre
Port Louis