Towards universal pensions in Tanzania

Evidence on opportunities and challenges from a remote area, Ngenge ward, Kagera

Kwa Wazee is an NGO that has been running a comprehensive support programme for older people in Muleba district, Tanzania since 2003. The central component of the programme is a pension targeted at older people with little family support or with care responsibilities for orphans and vulnerable children.As one of only a few cash transfer programmes in Tanzania, and the one most directly focused on older people, it can provide important insights into how a social pension could be implemented across the whole of Tanzania. This research looks at the impact of the pension and the challenges and opportunities of delivering a pension in these remote contexts.