Unicef To Donate $20 Each To Vulnerable Zimbabwe Families

“Under the cash transfer programme, extremely poor labour constrained households will receive an average of US$20 a month. The cash payout will vary slightly from household to household depending on the size of the family. A pilot programme is already underway in Goromonzi, where about 105 households are receiving payments. This pilot programme is intended to assist the Government in designing a national Cash Transfer programme for Zimbabwe by December 2013,” Unicef said in a statement.

“Each subsequent year 10 poorest districts will be selected to give a total of 30 districts by 2013. For 2011 government has made a budgetary provision of US$4 million complemented by a donor contribution of US$6 million. Donors supporting the programme are:  UKAid, EU, Sweden and Netherlands.”

Unicef said the selection of the districts was based on a poverty assessment of the districts using data from the Poverty Assessment Study Survey of 2003 and the National Nutrition Survey of 2010. The districts to be covered in the first year are Makoni, Rushinga, Goromonzi, Kariba, Umguza, Mangwe, Chivi, Zvishavane, Epworth and a few selected wards in Bulawayo.
“The Social Cash Transfer programme is expected to reduce poverty levels in poor households and ensure improved access to basic social services such as education and health. The Social Cash Transfer Programme was introduced by the Government of Zimbabwe together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) under the National Action Plan (NAP) for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (2011-2015),” Unicef said.

“The selection of beneficiaries is done through a census of all households followed by a poverty assessment of labour constrained households implemented by an independent agency in consultation with Community Child Protection Committees. However, because of limited resources the Cash Transfer programme will be implemented in a phased approach in geographical targeting. In 2011 the programme will cover the 10 poorest districts in each of the country’s 10”