Reaching adolescents in rural areas

Cash Plus model for the most vulnerable adolescents in Tanzania

UNICEF Tanzania
Adolescents laughing
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Launched in 2017, the Cash Plus programme aims at reaching adolescents from the poorest households. They participate in adolescent-tailored livelihood and sexual and reproductive health-HIV life skills training, receive support with a small grant to either stay in school or support a small business activity combined with support from mentors and peer educators, and lastly they have access to access sexual and reproductive health and HIV services.

Youth in Cash Plus intervention villages have higher participation rates in economic activities, as a result of the intervention.

To support a safe, healthy and productive passage to adulthood, the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS), and UNICEF have come together to develop, implement and evaluate an intervention where social protection interventions are combined with sexual and reproductive health, HIV and life skills education, livelihood training and access to health services as part of the Tanzanian Government’s cash transfer programme, the Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN).

The Cash Plus programme increased gender equitable attitudes on the decision-making. Among males, the intervention had a positive impact on gender-equitable attitudes.