AFRICA COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CoP) ON CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFERS (CCT) AND CASH TRANSFERS (CT) FACE-TO-FACE
FORUM, OCEANIC BAY HOTEL AND RESORT, BAGAMOYO,
TANZANIA, APRIL 24TH -26TH 2012
The World Bank is organizing a face to face forum of the Community of Practice (CoP) for Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Cash Transfer (CT) projects in Africa. The CoP Forum is a means to facilitate knowledge exchange between practitioners across countries with well established conditional cash transfer and cash transfer interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Forum is being hosted in partnership with the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF).
The Chief Secretary in the President’s Office Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, will officiate at opening of the Forum. Other high level officials will also attend the opening ceremony. The World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi, Mr. Philippe Dongier will be represented by the Acting Country Manager Mukami Kariuki. The Forum will run for three days, starting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Oceanic Bay Hotel and Resort in Bagamoyo.
The CoP Face to Face Forum will involve more than 60 participants from ten African countries, namely Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, South Sudan, Zambia and Uganda. Participants comprise of high-level practitioners representing a range of policy interests (finance/economy/social sectors etc.), drawn from governments, donor community, research institutions, civil society, including the World Bank and UNICEF. Target participating countries are of low income contexts where conditional cash transfer and cash transfer interventions programs are ongoing or under preparation.
Community of Practice initiative encourages the exchange of experiences and lessons learned between selected African National conditional cash transfer and cash transfer programs by allowing practitioners share their know-how on the design and operations of CCT and CT programs. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for participants to discuss the challenges and different solutions they have found during implementation of these programs. Through the CoP participants actively engage by sharing their experiences, as well as learning new methodologies and approaches that could be eventually implemented in their own countries. The CoPs serve as a unique platform for knowledge exchange among program directors, managers and other practitioners on the design and operational aspects of safety nets.
The objectives of the face to face CoP Forum are:
Topics to be addressed by the participants of the Face to Face Forum will among other things include:
¨ Institutional settings to guarantee minimum success in CCT and CT program implementation
¨ Registry of CCTs and CTs beneficiaries
¨ Conditionality or not conditionality
¨ Institutional and implementation requirements. Is a pilot always needed before expansion?
¨ Systems requirement for expansion
¨ Payment mechanisms at national level
¨ National and political support: evidence-based results to support expansion
The CoP face to face Forum will comprise a mix of plenary events, breakout sessions and field trips to six TASAF-supported villages implementing the Community-Based Conditional Cash Transfer Pilot in Bagamoyo and Kibaha district councils in Pwani Region. The field trips have been designed to showcase TASAF achievement in this area and also to ensure that participants gain solid conceptual understanding supported by hands on learning and information exchange.
The poor and vulnerable are exposed to a wide range of risks and shocks that affect their current well-being and their longer-term prospects of rising out of poverty. Safety nets and transfers have an immediate impact by putting resources in the hands of the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. Low income countries are increasingly adopting conditional cash transfer and cash transfer as a key instrument for poverty reduction. Conditional cash transfers are designed as a strategy to reduce poverty in the present through transfers and reduce poverty in the future by encouraging poor households to accumulate human capital. The overriding objective is to break intergeneration cycle of poverty by investing in nutrition, health and education using co-responsibilities approach.
In Tanzania, the Government’s program, TASAF with support from World Bank has been supporting the implementation of community projects for the past 12 years in all districts on the Mainland as well as in Zanzibar. More than 13,030 community projects with a total value of more than TZS 265.5 billion have been supported. Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) interventions, are among the key instruments in the Government’s poverty reduction policy (National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty/Zanzibar Poverty Reduction Action Plan, NSGRP – MKUKUTA/MKUZA), provides cash transfers specifically to the poor and vulnerable households. Beneficiaries receive cash upon fulfilling their obligation related to sending their children to heath facilities for immunization and nutritional and growth monitoring as well as enrolment and attending school at the rate acceptable to the education sector. The Government of Japan and the World Bank have been supporting the implementation of the Community-Based Conditional Cash Transfer (CB-CCT) Pilot for the past three years in three district councils of Bagamoyo, Kibaha and Chamwino. To-date, more than 13,000 beneficiaries with a total value of more than TZS 1.0 billion have been supported under the CB-CCT Program.
This section contacts the various TASAF III reports/briefing including Implementation Progress Reports, Studies Reports and MIS Reports. The latest reports are listed below.