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Zimbabwe and UNICEF a social cash transfer programme

by Matthews Estell
23 Apr 2011 at 15:11hrs | Views
THE Zimbabwean government and the United Nations Children's Fund have launched a cash transfer programme to help vulnerable families with monthly payments of US$20.

Priority will be given to households headed by orphans, in particular.

The Harmonized Social Cash Transfer Programme aims to assist households determined to be extremely poor and without an income provider with monthly cash payments for food, education and health care.

A pilot programme was launched earlier this year in Goromonzi, in Mashonaland East province, covering about 100 families.

Harare and UNICEF have allocated US$10 million to the programme, with other partners.
Officials said the national programme will start in July in districts including Makoni, Kariba, Chivi and Rushinga targeting some 20,000 families.

In the next two years 55,000 families in Zimbabwe's 30 poorest districts will receive such assistance.

Source - Byo24New