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Project ID:00091541Description:SDG-F JP Tanzania
SDG Fund
Start Date *: 13 Aug 2014
Joint Programmes
End Date*: 21 Sep 2017
Country: Tanzania Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

The date indicated in the header is the date of the project preparation grant after the steering committee approval of the concept note, but before the actual official approval of the project document. The official start date as reflected on the project document is: 22 May 2015.


Sectorial area of intervention and policy objectives: Inclusive economic growth for poverty eradication

  • Create opportunities for decent jobs and secure livelihoods
  • Create better government policies and fair and accountable public institutions



Joint programme summary:

Tanzania has recorded robust economic growth of 7% per annum since 2001. Despite this robust economic growth, the absolute number of people living in poverty has continued to grow because of the low impact of growth on reduction of poverty and high population growth. In order to address and accelerate progress on eradicating extreme poverty, the government of Tanzania decided to scale-up one of its existing national programmes - the Tanzania Productive Social Safety Nets (PSSN) to reach all the extreme poor people living below the food poverty line; fully embracing the outcomes of the Madrid United Nations System of Chief Executive Board for Coordination (CEB) meeting (on 6 April 2013). The aim is to enable these poor households to access food, income, uptake of essential health by pregnant woman and children under five, increased school enrolment and attendance for school age children, and enhance their livelihoods. Investment in human capital (health and education) that will be undertaken through this critical intervention will increase the poor people’s participation in the economy through increasing opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, and hence making economic growth inclusive.

The Government estimates the PSSN scale up will require in excess of USD 400,000 of which USD 100,000 has been commited by Government, USD 200,000 will come from World Bank loan and the remaining USD 100,000 is to be contributed by other Development Partners.

In February 2014, the Government of Tanzania, through the Ministry of Finance requested the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and UNDP Resident Representative to provide support to this scaling up of PSSN being operationalized through the 3rd Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF). This is being done to ensure a more inclusive growth.

Support to the scale-up of the PSSN is consistent with the UN Development Assistance Programme (UNDAP) Outcome 1 under the Social Protection Cluster: Government of Tanzania coordinates a multisectoral social protection response to the needs of the economically deprived and vulnerable groups.

Responding to the request from Government to support the scale-up of the PSSN programme by strengthening core processes and enhancing programme efficiency and effectiveness, the four participating UN agencies (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and ILO) aim to use this opportunity to strengthen catalytic actions to an existing national programme in Tanzania and work towards poverty reduction and implementation of the outcomes of the Madrid CEB meeting.

Following consultations with stakeholders, the UN proposed joint programme responds to the request from the Government of Tanzania by focusing on the core activities to establish effective systems and structures for (i) capacity development at the community level; (ii) coordination at national and sub-national levels; (iii) monitoring and evaluation; and (iv) IT enhancement. Phase 1 of the UN joint programme costing $4,358,250 million seeks to enhance programme effectiveness through support to activities complementary to the PSSN planned under TASAF III as well as preparation for effective implementation (2016 – 2018) in the second stage of implementation.

Using a phased approach, the joint UN programme support will assist Tanzania to address one of key MDGs that are lagging behind, that of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Thus while the overriding objective of the Joint Programme is to contribute to accelerate achievement of MDG 1:Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, it will also contribute to MDG; 2: Achieve universal primary education; MDG 4: Reduce child mortality, MDG 5: Reduce maternal mortality; and the WASH component of MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability. The JP is also in line with the post-2015 development agenda in which social protection is recognized as an overarching goal in addressing the needs of people living in extreme poverty, tackling inequality and realizing human rights. The joint programme contends that a multi-sectoral approach to social protection will lead to more inclusive economic growth.

Towards that end, the strategic approach of this Joint Programme is three-pronged. At the macrolevel,it focuses on support to finalisation and operationalization of the National Social Protection Framework (NSPF) to strengthen inter-sectoral coordination to address supply-side issues. At the meso-level, the joint programme will enhance efficiency and effectiveness of PSSN by strengthening programme implementation and delivery systems. At the micro-level, the joint programme will strengthen sustainable livelihoods and resilience mechanisms for PSSN that will allow PSSN beneficiaries to accumulate human capital, improve consumption and well- being and graduate and exit programme.

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