Govt urged to come up with robust anti-poverty policies

12Nov 2016
James Kandoya
The Guardian
Govt urged to come up with robust anti-poverty policies

A RENOWNED economist, Bravious Kahyoza, has asked the government to come up with good policies that will reduce acute poverty. especially among marginalised groups.

He told The Guardian in an interview recently that research conducted between 2003 and 2013 had shown that there had been an increase in acute poverty in the country, especially among women.

In recent days, a stakeholders meeting involving ministries and three municipal councils in Dar es Salaam city, civil society organisation (CSOs) as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) met in Dar es Salaam to discuss implementation of the Gender Equality and Empowerment Review of the Five year Development Plan II-(FYDP II)- (2016/17-2020/21).

Kahyoza, a lecturer at Kampala International University (KIU), said an increase in acute poverty was due to a failure by government ministries to formulate good implementable policies that aim at reducing the vice.

The lecturer said the multi-dimension and poverty levels had not dramatically declined and in some cases had actually increased.

“This has increased inequality between the rich and the poor, between rural and urban areas as well as men and women,” he said.

In his comments, he explained the access to and control of property assets, access to quality education health and safe clean water.

“Advancement of women and promoting gender equality is a key cross-cutting goal in all sectors by eliminating all gender discrimination,” he said.

He recommended that industrialization strategy needs to prioritise production of goods and services which enhance quality of life reduce inequality and meet needs of different categories of women and men in both rural and urban areas.

The lecturer said that priority should be given to the reduction of labour burdens in the care economy at home, such as easy accessible and inexpensive, if not free, safe and clean water and sanitation.

Elaborating, Kahyoza said Gender Equality and Empowerment Review of the five years Development Plan- (FYDP II) - (2016/17-2020/21) should ensure that growth in foreign direct investment (FDP), Public Private Partnership (PPP) and exports are benefiting all including women.

According to him, that can be done by assuring close and beneficiary inter-sectoral linkages between the organized commercial corporate sector on one hand and sectors in which majority of women are engaged on the other hand.

Glory shechambo from the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) recommended that implementation of the FYDP II should ensure that sectors where women are the majority such as agriculture, health and education, grow and receive adequate public support.

She said further that there was a need to ensure that there is close and strong inter-sectoral linkages between the fast growing sectors and the sectors in which the majority of women participate.

“It is better for the government to have fair gender-focused distribution and re-distribution of the results of growth in favour of women,” she said

According to her, the government should ensure that the disadvantaged women and youth participate in and benefit fully from economic growth.