Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

21 July 2014

Tanzania: Hai Residents Urged to Kick Poverty

Hai — FAMILIES that live under the poverty line have been urged to cooperate with the government and development stakeholders, as it is high time now they moved into the upward trajectory, given the availability of resources.

Hai District Commissioner (DC), Mr Novatus Makunga has warned that unless such people cooperate fully, the government cannot help them out of their situation because they have to own the plans and implement them jointly if they are to succeed.

Mr Makunga was speaking while inaugurating a seminar aimed at capacity building to stakeholders in implementation of Tanzania Social Action Fund (Tasaf) Phase III in the district.

He urged those living in poverty to start by disliking poverty as the gateway to desist it through aiming high. "The second step is for one to commit oneself to search for development by toiling personally and cooperate with others and the Government if it proves difficult and that is where Tasaf comes in with this 10-year strategy.

If it is well used, we have no reason to remain with underprivileged people," stressed the DC. TASAF III is targeting people currently living below the basic needs poverty line, focusing on the poor and vulnerable households as well as those temporarily affected by short-term shocks.

They will receive safety net support, opportunity to participate in livelihood enhancing activities and others will be eligible for livelihood support interventions and be prioritized for the targeted infrastructure support.

"Once a person's income is up, children will study well, and everybody will afford a balanced diet and social services. "But this cannot be achieved if some do not want to work or do not fancy development and ignores all these Government efforts that are beefed up by World Bank and other development partners," said Mr Makunga.

He said it is up to citizens to be creative in coming up with development projects as Tasaf does not own them but facilitates the use of resources through different personnel as it proved very successful in phases I & II in the district.

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