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Government and its partners intensify efforts to reduce poverty

Story by Cordelia Ngara

THOUSANDS of vulnerable citizens including children, the elderly and people with disabilities have benefited from the Second Republic’s social safety nets rolled out by the government under the National Development Strategy One (NDS1).

Working with partners such as the World Bank and UNICEF, the government has rolled out programmes such as the Basic Education Assistance (BEAM) that has benefitted about two million children countrywide in the past five years.

Other social safety nets are the Harmonised Social Cash Transfer (HACT), the Assistant Medical Treatment Orders (AMTOS), Child Protection Fund (CPF) and income generation projects that the government confirmed this Thursday.

“The service to people with disabilities is one of the critical areas we work with. We have been offering various services because these people, for instance, the disabled are integrated into the Food Deficit Programme so that those who cannot help themselves receive food assistance, are also part of the Harmonised Transaction Programme where we give them cash every month for their upkeep.

“Those in disability care are given per capita grants per month for their benefit to cater for their health. We have a capacitating fund where we offer grants and loans to open income-generating projects. So these are some of the 8 programmes we are currently doing,” the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Professor Paul Mavima said.

Through the launch of an Integrated Social Protection Management of Information System in Harare this Thursday, the government and its partners are hoping to enhance efficiency in the rollout of the programmes.

“The social protection programme is a core component of our partnership with the government of Zimbabwe and as UNICEF we believe that having social protection programmes is a key component of supporting vulnerable communities. This morning we launched the management information system for social protection in Zimbabwe which will ensure that there is no double dipping, there’s no duplicate but more efficiency.

“n essence, it means all our investments can reach more people and all the work we do can be better coordinated with the commitment of the government,” said UNICEF representative in Zimbabwe, Dr Tajudeen Oyewale.

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