Last updated: 28/2/2024

Programme Details

Programme components
Beneficiaries are also entitled to educational fee waivers, the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) and a non-contributory health insurance—the Assisted Medical Treatment Order (AMTO).
Previous programme name (if any)
Public Assistance Programme

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
A household is defined to be food poor if the household members are living below the food poverty linev and are unable to meet their most urgent basic needs: they take only one or no meal per day, are not able to purchase essential non-food items such as soap, clothing, school utensils; live on begging or some piece work; have no valuable assets; and get no regular support from relatives, pensions, and other welfare programmes. To be considered labour constrained, it has to either have no able-bodied household members aged 18-59 that are fit for work, have a high ratio of dependents (more than three children, chronically sick, or disabled members per one adult), or have a severely disabled or chronically sick member who requires intensive care. The criterion for labour constrained is used in order to focus on those households that are not able to access or to benefit sufficiently from labour-based interventions such as public works or from piece work. A person is not fit for work when he or she is too weak to engage in income generating activities for more than 3 months.

Coverage and other information

Amount of benefits
$10 for a single-person household, $15 for two-person households, $20 for three-person households and $25 for households with four or more members. Over half the households receive $25 per month.
(i) Bhalla, Garima (2018). Zimbabwe's Harmonized Cash Transfer Programme Improves Food Security and Reduces Reliance on Food Gifts, Innocenti Research Briefs, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Florence. Accessed 10 July 2023. (ii) (ii)Ibrahim, M.; Chen, Y.; Pereira, A.; Musa, T.; Bathia, D.; Handa, S..2023. The Psychology of Poverty: A Replication Based on Zimbabwe's Harmonised Social Cash Transfer Programme, Journal of African Economies, 2023;, ejad013,. Accessed 10 July 2023.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Baseline and impact evaluations (at 12 and 36 months). Independent end-user verification by an audit during and after every payment cycle. Programme-level routine monitoring every payment cycle for a minimum of 50 per cent of the districts. Annual donor reviews.
Legal Framework
The 2016 National Social Protection Policy Framework (NSPPF) was crafted to operationalize the ideals, concepts, strategies, and focal points outlined in the nation's economic roadmap, Zim-Asset.