UNICEF and the Zimbabwean government have announced the introduction of a cash transfer programme to address extreme poverty but specifically the vulnerability of orphan-headed households. The Harmonised Social Cash Transfer Programme will target poor households without an income earner. The 10 poorest districts in each province will be targeted initially. Each household with receive US$20 a month. The project begins with a budget of US$10 million, US$6 million of which is from donors. The programme is set to roll out in July.
Quite an exciting programme for Zim where social safety nets have been less than safe. Should be interesting to hear about impact. US $20 isn't much for an OVC family per month and the context is likely to present some implementation challenges.