Simiyu Regional Commissioner, David Kafulila made the call during a workshop to raise awareness about TASAF's second programme for leaders, executives and facilitators from across the region.
“Be good custodian of all TASAF projects designed to rescue poor households. Use TASAF experts to accomplish all activies you are entitled to,” the newly appointed RC.
Kafulia said if the leaders manage and empower the selected poor households they will be able to design various economic projects for income generation and many households will be lifted out of poverty and able to sustain themselves economically.
"I urge my friend district officials and directors to oversee the entire process of identifying poor households so that those who will be included in the program will be qualified… and also strive to fulfill our responsibilities to serve and educate them," said Kafulila.
"We as the Simiyu region need to do better than here, since 2019 when the program started we have received more than 7 billion, we also want them to be visible and have changed people's lives," he said.
He said beneficiary education should be provided on a regular basis and facilitators would be assessed on the success of the beneficiaries and played a key role in ensuring that the beneficiaries are economically independent.
The RC urged the executives to strengthen management and monitoring at all levels from the region, councils, wards to the community to ensure they monitor the activities of the community development fund, especially the well-being and targeted productivity.
Kafulila urged LGAs to condemn acts of bias and violations of procedures in the identification of targeted households as well as provide guidance and education to households that are still struggling to get rid of economic hardship
Earlier, TASAF’s Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Fariji Mishael said statistics show that basic needs poverty for targeted households has decreased by 10 percent and extreme household poverty has decreased by 12 percent. He explained that the success has been achieved for the beneficiaries to focus on income-generating activities and economic self-sufficiency including various agricultural activities, livestock, fisheries and doing entrepreneurial projects.
'' In the first half of this third phase of TASAF we did not reach all the areas, there are some streets and villages were not reached and questions were many about when the remaining areas will be reached… I am informed that the areas that were not reached in the first period All villages and streets in mainland Tanzania and the islands, '' said Mishael.
He added: “This phase is being implemented in 184 Councils in mainland Tanzania and all districts of Zanzibar and will reach 1.4 million households with a total population of 7 million people across the country.”
Bariadi District Commissioner Festo Kiswaga said that the government's aim is to get rid of the poor group so that they can join their peers in getting rid of the economy.
He said they will monitor it step by step to ensure that qualified beneficiaries are included in the program and that the government can achieve its goals of economic empowerment and income generation.