Over 1bn/- has been disbursed through the Community Based Conditional Cash Transfer (CB-CCT) Programme being implemented in three districts by the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF).
TASAF executive director Ladislaus Mwamanga revealed this in Dar es Salaam yesterday when briefing journalists on the Forum for the programme, which commence today in Bagamoyo.
He said that TASAF had been chosen to host the Forum following its successful implementation of the programme by using local communities.
Mwamanga said that the CB-CCT Programme is being implemented as a pilot project in three districts of Bagamoyo, Kibaha, and Chamwino, whereby a total of 5000 households with 13,000 people have benefited from it.
He said that through the programme poor and vulnerable households were provided with cash, which they used to send their children to health facilities for immunization, financing nutritional and growth monitoring, and sending their children to school.
Mwamanga said, under the programme, each household was provided with USD 18, equivalent to 30,600/-, after every two months and so far a total of 1,638 children have benefited from the initiative.
“These children were not going to school due to poverty, but now they are going to school,” he said.
He said TASAF, with support from the World Bank, has been facilitating implementation of such community projects for the past 12 years in all districts in the mainland and Zanzibar.
Mwamanga said more than 13,030 community projects with a total value of 265.5bn/- have been supported.
“Following successful implementation of the Cash Transfer Programme, 30 per cent of the USD 220 set for the third phase implementation of TASAF programmes, has been directed to the cash transfer programme,” he said.
Mwamanga said TASAF plans to extend the CB-CCT programme to other districts in the country during its third phase.
Explaining about the Forum, he said Chief Secretary Ambassador Ombeni Sefue will officiate the meeting.
He mentioned the participating countries as Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, South Sudan, Zambia and Uganda.
“The CoP face to face Forum will comprise a mix of plenary events, breakout sessions and field trips to six TASAF-supported villages implementing CB-CCT pilot projects in Bagamoyo and Kibaha districts in Coast region,” he said.
For his part, TASAF acting systems manager Amadeus Kamagenge said that the government was implementing the programme, as a key instrument for poverty reduction.
He said assessment was conducted after three years to see whether the households have managed to reduce poverty.
Kamagenge said that most countries were interested to see how the programme was being implemented using the local communities something which was different from other countries.