IRELAND'S official agency for international development (Irish Aid) is pleased on how the productive social safety net (PSSN) programme has transformed the lives of poor households in the reduction of poverty in the country.
A Senior Development Specialist at Irish Aid, Mr Aidan Fitzpatrick observed this during their delegation tour accompanied by a team from the International Labour Organization (ILO) who visited the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) beneficiaries at Disunyara Sub-village in Kibaha District on Wednesday.
He went on observing that 1.1 million poor households enrolled to the program was rather a noteworthy achievement in such a short period of time.
Mr Fitzpatrick however noted that such an achievement has led to their delegation visit consisting of representatives from seven countries including Ireland, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda whereby similar social protection programs are implemented.
“The team from Irish Aid and ILO has come here to review on how social protection work is done, as we are trying to understand how best we can contribute in the TASAF program in the next five years,” he said.
The Development Expert further remarked that the government needs to move on its own pace as well as work on its own means to build strong systems in achieving the agenda 2030 to make social protection more sustainable.
TASAF Coordinator for Kibaha, Ms Sijaona Muhunzi noted that a total of 45 villages are currently implementing conditional cash transfers under the PSSN programme with a base of 5,170 poor beneficiary households.
“At least 2.7bn/- has been paid up to the beneficiaries from 2014 to January- February, 2017,” said Ms Mhuhunzi.
On his part the Ward Executive Officer of Kilangalanga, Mr Yusuf Mzumeni pointed out that aside from beneficiaries receiving cash transfers sensitization on formation of savings and investment groups is also done.
He cited an example of Disunyara village whereby four active groups with 37 members comprising of six men and 31 women were voluntarily formed.
“Under the ILO 13 youths including three men and 10 women at Disunyara sub-village have been trained on entrepreneurship skills.
Through the program the youths have managed to establish small business including poultry, kiosk and becoming agents for selling various things,” he said.
The following photos were taken during the visit.