This week’s webinar, hosted by on 21 September, was part two in the ISPA Tools webinar series, titled The ISPA Public Works Assessment Tool: User experiences from Tanzania. The partners involved in the webinar were the Tanzania social action fund (TASAF), the International Labour Ogranisation (ILO), and the The European Union Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS), and it was organised by Inter Agency Social Protection Assessments (ISPA).

The event was moderated by Timo Voipio (Director for Capacity Development and Partnerships, EU-SPS/Finland). Panelists included Barnabas Jachi (Chief Engineer, TASAF), Dampu Ndenzako (ILO Tanzania), and Markku Malkamäki (EU-SPS/Finland). Veronika Wodsak (Social Security Expert, ILO) served as a discussant.

The recording is available here and the presentation here. All blog posts for this series can be found under the ISPA tools tag.

The began with an introduction given by Voipio, where pre-testing of the ISPA Public Works (PW) tool was fascilitated during the joint annual review of TASAF/Tanzania's Public Social Saftey Net (PSSN). He went on to highlight the eight key areas that assessed: (a) Targeting and Eligibility; (b) Nature of Benefits; (c) Asset Creation & Services; (d) Institutions, Coordination & Financing; (e) Monitoring & Evaluation; (f) Coherence & Integration; (g) Skills & Employability; (h) Conditions of Work & Labour Practices.

TASAF–PSSN's initial target was to reach 275,000 poor and food insecure households by 2017, and eventually reaching a total of 1,362,384 households. Jachi went on to explain how beneficiaries receive a combination of transfers: (i) Basic transfers; (ii) Conditional cash transfers; (iii) Public works programme (PWP): PSSN enables households to earn additional income through their participation in public works activities; (iv) Livelihood enhancement. He then focused on analying the age group and the profile of the enrolled households, along with the benefit structure, which is the amount of dollars received according to the conditionality’s division. He also exposed the guiding principles, such as the elegibility to participate.

Afterwards, Ndenzako exposed two of the field mission objectives, which consisted of:

1) To undertake an assessment of the public works component of a national social protection programme using the ISPA-PWP tool; and

2) Provide inputs on how to improve the ISPA-PWP tool.

He also focused on the explanation of the ISPA application process, and the methodology used. A detailed description was also given about the Assessment matrix of the eight key areas, and it’s division into four levels: latent, emerging, moderate and advanced (where participation of women and elderly is a priority). Lastly, Ndenzako also suggested some recommendations in order to improve the quality of assets in various areas (selection, design, construction and maintenance).

Malkamäki brought the presentations to a close, outlining some observations of the tool, and also giving a more detailed analysis about each one of the eight key areas mentioned previously.

To conclude, Wodsak moderated the Q & A session. Although some of the questions had been answered during the presentation, there were formulated questions such as how were the volunteers compensated, if voluntary work was carried out by someone that had been selected by the community members, if cash transfer programmes were making people lazy, and if this was an encouragement for people taking action.


Watch the video here!



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Social Protection Programmes: 
  • Social assistance
    • Social transfers
      • Social transfers - General
  • Labour market programs/Public work/Productive inclusion
    • Labour market programs/Public work/Productive inclusion - General
    • Cash for work
    • Wage subsidies
Social Protection Topics: 
  • Benefits level
  • Financing social protection
  • Governance
  • Labour regulation
  • Programme design and implementation
  • Targeting
  • Universal Social Protection
Cross-Cutting Areas: 
  • Agriculture and rural development
  • Food and nutritional security
  • Housing and infrastructure
  • Human capital
  • Human rights
  • Labour market
    • Labour market - General
  • Poverty
  • Resilience
  • Risk and vulnerability
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Tanzania
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
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