The WORLD Bank (WB), Director for External Communications and partnerships, Ms. Haleh Bridi has reiterated their commitment on encouraging more development partners to support the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) programmes so as to enroll unreached poor households.
Ms.Bridi who was accompanied with TASAF Executive Director Mr. Ladislaus Mwamanga made the pledge during her official field visit to some of the TASAF Productive Social Safety Net Program (PSSN) at Kondo Village in Bagamoyo district, Coast region.
"We will continue to encourage other partners to join forces in funding the programme so that more poor people are covered," said Ms. Bridi.
Already groups such as the Department for International Development (DFID), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) have agreed to extend funding in the programme.
Having witnessed implementation of the programme, the Director declared that their money was in good hands.
"We are very moved by the beneficiaries’ testimonies, as a woman and mother am very touched. I wish them all lots of courage and hope in moving forward," she said.
The TASAF Team Leader at the World Bank, Mr Muderis Abdulahi Mohammed, noted that similar programs are being implemented in countries such as Nigeria, Malawi and Ethiopia but among all Tanzania's quite unique.
"We commend the government of Tanzania for an outstanding performance. More emphasis should be put on monitoring," noted Mr. Mohammed.
He pointed out that by next year all cash transfers will be carried out electronically. On her part the Country Program Director at WB, Ms. Gayle Martin, said they are impressed with the scale and breathe of the programme.
"The money is being used productively as accordance to the requirements of program study. We are glad that we have witnessed individual change that acts a result to the development of the country," she said.
Earlier, the Village Chairperson of Kondo Village pointed out that PSSN programme has enabled his people to come out from poverty through cash transfers, public works such as rehabilitation of community feeder roads and mangrove tree planting.
Among others include participation of the beneficiaries in establishing savings and investment groups.
Mr. Kondo cited challenges such as availability of poor households that have not been reached, lack of health facilities and inadequate teachers' houses in the village.
Below are the photographs taken during the visit