Sub Region
East Africa
Tax to GDP
* The latest available data between 2010-2020

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Social Assistance Overview

The regulatory framework covering work injury was set up in Tanzania before independence in 1964. In 1964 laws on old age, disability and survivors were enacted and legislation on sickness and maternity was introduced after independence. A social assistance programme named the Community-Based Conditional Cash Transfer came into effect in 2009 with the aim of testing how a conditional cash transfer programme could employ a community-driven development approach among highly vulnerable populations. The programme had 13,000 individual participants in 2013 and provided a cash transfer ranging from US$10.56 to US63.36 bimonthly. In 2013, a Productive Social Safety Net Programme was introduced with two components, conditional cash transfer and public works. The former component provided a bimonthly cash transfer ranging from US$19.56 to US$40.48 and the latter transferred a daily wage of US$2.38. Both components of the programmes allow for participants to appeal against selection decisions. Tanzania has a unified registry and national coordination agency responsible for coordinating government efforts and managing programmes. Social assistance expenditure was 0.31 percent of GDP in 2016, translating to social assistance spending of US$5.38 per poor person per year.

Ratified Regional and International Social Assistance related Instruments