1.5 Million Tanzanians Set for Social Protection

 The Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) programme enables households to graduate out of both food and basic-needs poverty.The program provides cash transfers to poor and vulnerable households with the condition that the transfers are used on health and education services along with opportunities to earn additional income through public works and livelihoods.PSSN aims at enabling the 1.1million poor households living under the poverty line in 161 Project Area Authorities to increase incomes and opportunities while improving consumption.Recently, a joint field visit to PSSN projects in Simiyu was conducted by, TASAF, the International Development Acssociation (IDA), the European Union, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Department for International Development (DfID) and local government authorities and UN agencies. (UN Agencies involved int he programme are UNDP, UNICEF, ILO and UNFPA).Key...

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Global Goals Champions Outreach to over 20,000 Recognized at Launch of TIMUN 2017

GLOBAL GOALS YOUTH CHAMPIONS REACH OVER 20,000 UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez (centre) and First Secretary and UNDP Desk Officer, Department of Multilateral Cooperation, MoFAEAC, Ms. Nguse Nyerere (centre right) along with YUNA Chairperson Ms. Jacqueline Mutwara  (centre left) and TIMUN 2017 Coordinator Tajiel Urioh (far left) listening to Ms. Neema Mhando, Nelson Mandela University Comminucations Officer welcome the UN to Nelson Mandela University furing the opening ceremony of TIMUN 2017. UN Youth Initiative impacts 20,000 Tanzanians in less than one year Arusha – Global Goal Youth Champions, young people trained by the United Nations in Tanzania, have directly reached over 20,000 people through their awareness-raising campaign on the...

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May Day 2017

International Workers’ Day 2017The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli addresses workers at the May Day celebrations in Moshi, Tanzania on 01 May 2017.  The President of the United Republic of Tanzania graced the May Day celebrations in Moshi, Tanzania on 01 May 2017. In his speech Dr. John Pombe Magufuli revealed that the government envisages merging several pension schemes into two financially robust schemes to trim down operational costs.The President reiterated to the workers the government’s intention to continue improving workers welfare and settling all of their outstanding arrears. He also revealed that the Government will soon resume new recruitments and promotions and effect annual salary increments.“… the county’s...

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WFP CASH ASSISTANCE HAS BIG POTENTIAL FOR BOOSTING LOCAL ECONOMY

 By: Michael Dunford, WFP Representative in TanzaniaMillions of hungry people in the world require food assistance each year. Crises such as war, conflict and natural disasters can uproot families and destroy livelihoods, often disproportionately affecting the world’s most vulnerable.At the forefront in many of these disasters is the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the leading humanitarian organization providing food assistance and promoting food security.Typically, WFP food assistance is provided in the form of a food basket containing locally consumed foods that meet minimum daily calorie requirements. For example, in Tanzania, WFP provides 300,000 refugees in Kasulu and Kibondo Districts with monthly supplies of maize meal, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and...

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UN briefs editors on past successes in Tanzania and plan going forward

   Yesterday, the United Nations in Tanzania met with editors from different media houses to discuss UN success, challenges and opportunities during the past five years in the previous UN business plan, United Nations Development Assistance Plan I (UNDAP I) and present the new UN business plan, UNDAP II which will run until June 2021. The Editors’ forum event brings together heads of different UN Agencies, Senior Editors from media houses as well as members of United Nations Communication Group with the aim of communicating the UN’s work in Tanzania to the editors and also providing the editor’s with a space to discuss the media climate in the country.  Yesterday’s forum brought together the heads of ILO, WFP, UNHCR, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UN Women as...

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UN Secretary General meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs

On Wednesday evening, while he was in transit on his way back to New York having completed working visits in Kenya and Somalia, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation (MFAEAC), Honourable Doctor Augustine Mahiga as well as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez and several other government officials.Among the topics they discussed were former President of Tanzania, Banjamin Mkapa's efforts to mediate a peace deal under the EAC. President of the United Republic of Tanzania, John Magufuli, sent a message through Mahiga to the Secretary General that the recent instability in Burundi, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo, had led to a massive number of civilians seeking refuge...

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Message from Head of UN Women on International Women's Day 2017

 Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka onInternational Women's Day, 8 March 2017.  Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house. In many cases this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning, of paid work, sports, or engagement in civic or community leadership. This shapes the norms of relative disadvantage and advantage, of where women and men are positioned in the economy, of what they are skilled to do and where they will...

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