Tanzania Social Action Fund (Tasaf) yesterday unveiled its plan to extend the Community-Based Conditional Cash Transfer (CB-CCT) programme to 10 districts as part of efforts to reach more vulnerable households.
Tasaf Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Patricia Matogo said that the ten districts will be covered in Tasaf III, which will begin in July this year, although she could not disclose the districts to be covered, saying that they were still under discussion.
Matogo was speaking in Kibaha at a five-day training for the programme's facilitators as preparations for CB-CCT scale up.
She said the programme had proved successfully in three pilot districts where it was being implemented. The districts are Kibaha, Bagamoyo and Chamwino.
“We have gone through the entire programme and found that it has been successful, although there were challenges which had already been worked out,” Matogo said.
Matogo said that Tasaf had received funds from various stakeholders which will enable it to enroll more people into the programme.
“After this training we will go to the three districts to enroll the households which were left out when the programme started in 2008 and thereafter we will go to new villages which were not included in the programme,” she added.
She said the main objective of the training was to broaden the understanding of the facilitators on the CB- CCT programme for its effective implementation.
For her part, Kibaha District Council Community Development Officer Grace Msami, when opening the training, said that the government hads decided to scale up the programme following its successful implementation.
She said the big difference in the expansion of the programme was that the enrollment system had been improved to ensure that all targeted people were enrolled.
“The scaling up of the programme is a challenge to us as we are now forced to have ac lear understanding and implementation of the programme,” Msami said.
She said according to statistics, a total of 4,998 households with 13, 081 beneficiaries had been registered in the three pilot districts since the programme started in 2008 and a total of 1.5b/- had been disbursed to beneficiaries.
Msami said that Kibaha district alone had received a total of 239m/-.
Last month, Tasaf executive director Ladislaus Mwamanga said that following the successful implementation of the Cash Transfer Programme, 30 per cent of the USD 220 set aside for the third phase implementation of TASAF programmes, has been directed to the cash transfer programme.
He said 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, adding that so far a total of 1,638 children had benefited from the initiative.