New poor households to be enrolled to Tasaf programme

15Oct 2020
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
New poor households to be enrolled to Tasaf programme

​​​​​​​OVER 200,000 households under the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) are soon scheduled to graduate from the programme as they have already enhanced their living standards.

TASAF’s director of Community Support, Amadeus Kamagenge.

The move will give chance for new poor households to be enrolled to the programme and thus benefit from various initiatives that are aimed to improve their lives.

TASAF’s director of Community Support, Amadeus Kamagenge said that the baseline survey carried by the Fund recently has proved that a good number of beneficiaries have enhanced their livelihoods.

Speaking at the media workshop held here early this week, Kamagenge said  at least 20 percent of the 1.1 million poor households that were registered in the TASAF's Production Social Safety Net (PSSN) programme are planned to exit from it.

Kamagenge said that since its commencement in the year 2000, TASAF programme has contributed immensely to the reduction of income poverty among poor households in the country.

"We are currently finalising verifocation exercise and once everything is completed, we will commence the programme which is going to benefit people living in abject poverty across Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar," he said.

According to him, the aim of the PSSN programme is to empowering poor households to increase income but also support them to have access to social services such as food, education and health.

Kamagenge named those to be included in the second term of the programme(PSSN II) as some 950,962 households with people who can work and have children. Others are 185,345 households with those who can work but do not have children.

Others beneficiaries are 174,508 households of those who have been sick for a long time but do not have children, 94,381 households of the elderly and 1,958 households which are  under the  leadership of children, all of them totalling 1.4 million poor households.

In his remarks, TASAF executive director Ladislaus Mwamanga hinted on that the note that the implementation of PSSN II programme totally moves from cash to a single electronic solution through the government e-payment gateway to deliver payments to beneficiaries' mobile or bank accounts with an aim of addressing challenges which were arising during the cash payment model.

He said that “In the previous phase, the cash transfer process required TASAF beneficiaries to attend a community meeting prior to receiving payment; rural women spend hours waiting for receipt to the cash,so the electronic option is going to address all the challenges.”

Mwamanga said: "The e-payment has also considered elders who are illiterate and are not able to read and count, we will work closely with mobile companies and banks to ensure that this group is well served to ensure that they receive their funds without hurdles."

He added that in the implementation of the PSSN II, the government aims to spend 2.032tri/- with major focus in providing poor households with prerequisite entrepreneurship skills and income-earning opportunities to enable them establish small-scale businesses and projects for poverty alleviation.

Launching the programme in Dar es Salaam in February this year, President Magufuli directed authorities to make sure that they supervise well and control enrollment of ‘phantom’ beneficiaries.

Dr Magufuli said that in the verification exercise conducted from November 2015 to 2017 found a total of 73,561 ghost and illegible households being enrolled in the programme.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), basic needs poverty has dropped to 26.4 percent in 2017/18 from 39 percent in 1990/91.

“Food poverty is among the major challenge in the universe. As per World Bank, a total of 736 million people are living in extreme poverty globally, and these are the ones living below poverty line. And 55 percent of all poor people are living in the African continent which translates that in every three people in Africa, one is poor. It is estimated that if serious measures will not be taken, 90 percent of all poor people will be living Africa by 2030,” President Magufuli noted.

The Head of State said that in efforts to fight poverty in the country, the government has been implementing several initiatives citing TASAF as one of the pioneer projects in ending poverty in the country.

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