Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)

Ms. Maria Maguta, TASAF beneficiary in Katavi Region.
Ms. Maria Maguta, TASAF beneficiary in Katavi Region. © TASAF

Switzerland’s contribution to Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) for the implementation of the Productive Social Safety Net Program (PSSN) contributes to the protection of 1.5 milion poor households in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar through cash transfers, public works and livelihoods enhancement. Also evidence generated through this support will inform and reinforce Swiss engagement in national policy dialogue on social protection, beyond PSSN. 

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Emploi & développement économique
Protection sociale
Création d'emplois
Nutrition de base
01.10.2023 - 30.09.2025
CHF  17’100’000
Contexte Tanzania's Compound Annual Growth Rate over the last 10 years was 5.6%. In 2020, Tanzania became a lower middle income country. Unfortunately, this growth has not translated into poverty reduction due to the highly inequitable distribution of growth benefits and high population growth. According to the World Bank, approx. 26 mio people in Tanzania live in extreme poverty (< US$1.90 per day). Whereas 16% of the population escaped poverty, 12% fell back into it. Post the COVID pandemic and withthe Ukraine/Russia war and increased costs of living, it is expected that poverty and vulnerabilities will continue to increase. The Government of Tanzania decided to set up a national social protection system to reduce high poverty, with a particular impact on women. National social protection policies are informed by the Productive Social Safety Net program (PSSN), but their implementation and related capacities remain weak.
Objectifs The overall goal of this support is to contribute to extreme poverty reduction efforts of the Government of Tanzania, by curbing growing inequalities and vulnerabilities, especially of women, across the country, through economic and social inclusion. 
Groupes cibles
  • Approx. 1.5 million of the most vulnerable and poorest households (of which 52% women) 
  • Government Ministries (President’s Office-State House for mainland, Second Vice President’s Office for Zanzibar, Ministry of Finance and Planning, President’s Office-Regional Administration and Local Government)
  • TASAF implementing staff and involved community management committees
Effets à moyen terme
  1. Social protection coverage: approx. 1.5 mio vulnerable and marginalized households (of which 52% women) are more effectively protected from social and economic exclusion;
  2. Conducive policy environment: through evidence–based policy dialogue, social protection policies and regulatory frameworks are adopted that leave no one behind behind.

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Within the available resources, all the targeted eligible households receive productive benefit support
  • Disability grants are further expanded to eligible beneficiaries
  • Informed policy dialogue facilitates the approval of the National Social Protection Policy
  • Lessons learnt of Livelihood Enhancement are weII documented and used for the elaboration of PSSN III
  • Compilation of the program’s best practices is shared within SDC and among other stakeholders

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  1. Increased household savings by 3.9% and increased non-farm self-employment by 4.3%; decreased casual/seasonal employment by 5.6%;
  2. Increased registration to community-based health insurance (32% of enrolled beneficiaries compared to only 11% of the control group);
  3. Increased primary school attendance (70 to 79%) and child labour reduced by 19 hours per week;
  4. 5% increase on women’s say on the use of their own earning, by 6% on children’s health and education decisions and by 5% on major and daily household purchases.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Institution étatique étrangère
  • Sub-National State SouthEast
  • Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs World Bank, Sweden-European Union, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, United Nations Children’s Fund, International Labour Organization, World Food Program-Canada, African Development Bank, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    17’100’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    7’308’165
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.10.2023 - 30.09.2025   (Phase en cours) Phase 1 01.03.2020 - 30.09.2023   (Completed)