Cash Plus: A model for safe transition to a healthy and productive adult life
Youth represent the promise and potential of Tanzania’s future development. But for young people, transitioning to adulthood means facing significant social, health and economic risks. These include a lack of economic opportunities, early marriage and pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV, and violence, abuse and exploitation.
To support a safe, healthy and productive passage to adulthood, the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDG§EC), the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS), UNICEF, ILO and other key stakeholders have come together to develop and evaluate an intervention where economic empowerment is combined with reproductive health and violence prevention messages and services, with the goal to enable youth to leverage the impact of their households’ participation in the Government conditional cash transfer programme. It is envisioned that this model could promote sustainable and healthy livelihoods that increase resilience, well-being and empowerment today, tomorrow, and for future generations.
Specifically, the intervention will build on the Tanzanian Government’s large-scale conditional cash transfer programme, linking youth in beneficiary households to strengthened Government services.