Impact Evaluation of the Zanzibar Universal Pension Scheme

This report outlines the results from the impact evaluation of the Zanzibar Universal Pension Scheme (ZUPS). The ZUPS was established in April 2016 and entitles all Zanzibari residents aged 70 years and above to a monthly non-contributory social pension of TSh20,000 (US$ 8.70).

The Scheme is managed by the Ministry of Empowerment, Social Welfare, Youth, Women and Children, and as at January 2019 benefited 27,758 people (16,117 women and 11,641 men). This mixed-methods evaluation has sought to assess the impact of the ZUPS on older people and their households in four outcome areas: material wellbeing, food security, health, and wellbeing and empowerment.