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THE Nordic partners’ mission to Tanzania is pleased with the Tanzania Productive Social Safety Nets (PSSN) under the Tanzania Social Action Fund-TASAF- aimed at reducing abject poverty among poor households.

PSSN which is carried out by the government under the Tanzania Action Social Fund (TASAF), they said is the right way to improve food security at household level and help alleviate poverty the move which is implemented in other countries.

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The delegation with representatives from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland has been in the country for a week-long mission to Tanzania, holding several meetings with different stakeholders.

Tanzania’s UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez speaking on behalf of the delegation described the TASAF initiatives as well designed and intensive programmes which not only benefit the target people, but also the entire community.

"This is commendable in Tanzania and other countries in the world and the government should be proud of the well-designed projects," said the UN Leader after visiting the projects implemented by TASAF at Msalato Ward, few kilometers off Dodoma Town yesterday.

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He observed that the Nordic countries have been key partners to the UN in development and humanitarian activities.

He added that their visit to Tanzania comes at the right time when the UN and the government have developed their five-year plan for eradicating poverty, addressing climate change and ensuring sustainable development.

The delegates are in the country to strengthen their collaboration with the UN in support of the Global Goals and strategic development priorities of the Tanzanian government.
According to Mr Rodriguez, the UN team in Tanzania is supporting the government to scale-up PSSN programme and strengthen coordination of social protection intervention across sectors.

Ms. Kit Clausen, Senior Adviser, Danish representation to the UN in New York, who was part of the team said, “It is really impressive to see what the government is doing to change the livelihoods of poor people”.

Ms. Melina Benjamin, who is one of the TASAF programme beneficiaries, says the programme has helped her to pay school fees for her grandchildren, adding that she now get three meals per day unlike in the past before the programme when she used to have just a meal per day.

"TASAF has helped me to join National Health Insurance Fund which enables me to get medical treatment," she said, noting that her life has completely changed.

For Agnes Kundeli, another TASAF beneficiary at the village, said TASAF has helped her to start poultry farming thus to get income after selling chicken, saying the TASAF programme has tremendously improved her life.

Dodoma municipal council is among seven councils of Dodoma Region implementing PSSN program aimed at enabling poor household increase incomes and opportunities while improving consumption.

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The district’s Project Area Authorities (PAA) launched in 2014 cover 73 villages with 7802 poor households. At least 12,272 beneficiary households were targeted and 8,100 beneficiary’s households were enrolled and currently 7,664 are receiving cash transfer.
Establishment of a Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) in TASAF III has helped TASAF beneficiaries to participate in public works aimed at putting up infrastructures in the area of education, health and water to improve social services.

The Government started to implement the PSSN with a view to putting in place the building blocks of a permanent national social safety net system in the country.

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PSSN provides support to strengthen the institutional capacity at various levels to implement and monitor safety net programmes.

The development objective of the first phase of PSSN is to create an efficient, well-targeted productive social safety net system for the poor and vulnerable section of the population, with building incentives for them to use health and education services and opportunities to earn additional income on public works projects.

The Government in 2013 made the decision to scale up the PSSN to support 1.2 million households. PSSN scale up is geared towards contributing to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly MGD 1 on reduction of extreme poverty and hunger by half by December 2015.

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