Last updated: 29/2/2024

Basic Information

Geographic area
Population group
Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Meeting basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter. Also, it can be used for transportation expenses, including bus fares or taxis, and for any other needs that may arise.

Start date
Programme expenditure
(i) TOP 677,040 (2016) (ii) Social protection total budget in 2023 was $21.4M
(i) Personal communication. (ii) Ministry of Finance (2023): Government of Tonga Budget Statement for the year ended 30 June 2024. Available online at Accessed on 03/11/2023

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Personal communication.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Payment is made directly to the recipient’s bank account. The payment can be accessed by a trustee (a family member of any other authorised caregiver) registered with the Social Protection Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Personal communication.
Benefit recipients
Beneficiaries and/or authorised caregivers. For children, it may be their parents or legal guardians
Personal communication.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Upon death of the beneficiary
Personal communication.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
The Social Protection Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs carries out quarterly home visits (includes outer islands)
Personal communication.