TASAF programmes reduce income poverty among the poor, says govt

11Sep 2020
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
TASAF programmes reduce income poverty among the poor, says govt

​​​​​​​THOUSANDS of beneficiaries of the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) are scheduled to graduate from the programme instituted by the government for reducing income poverty among the poor in the country, thanks to enhanced living standards.

At least 20 percent of the 1.1 million poor households with over five million people that were registered in the Production Social Safety Net (PSSN) programme are planned to exit from it following improved living standards.

The aim of PSSN is to empowering poor households increase income and has access to social services such as food, education and health among others

An evaluation carried by TASAF has proved that the number of have enhanced their livelihoods and at least five percent of the total beneficiaries will be removed from the programme every year.

Others are some 1000 people that have improved their living standards mainly through support from the fund and voluntarily opt out in the second term of TASAF’s third phase scheduled to start soon.

The observation was made here by TASAF’s Director of Community Support,Amadeus Kamagenge said many people whose lives have changed for the better are scheduled to leave the programme.

He noted that some other 8,500 households will also be removed from the plan due to death and failure to collect the benefits money during disbursement time. “Most of the beneficiaries whose lives have changed will be removed from the programme since they have fulfilled its target” he said.

He named those to be included in the second term of the third phase are 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.

The rest 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 under leadership of children, all totaling to 1,407,154 households.

The director explained that a total of 2.05 tr/- was budgeted for implementation of the programme in its second phase. The amount he said was contributions from the government,World Bank,the government of Norway,SIDA,OPEC Fund,Global Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UN organizations of UNICEP,WFP,ILO,UNWomen among others.

Earlier, Faraji Mishael said TASAF ( III) was launched in 2012 for ten years implementation to 2023 in two terms of  five years each, terming it an important government’s effort to reduce poverty in the country.

He said the second phase of it is aimed at strengthening success realized and reaching the unconnected 30 percent villages in the country. “Participation of the society in the programme has brought a lot of success in Tanzanzia than in other countries implementing the similar programmes” he said.