Embassy of Ireland in MW Commit To Increase SCT Amount
The Embassy of Ireland in Malawi says it is committed to increasing amount and number of beneficiaries for the social cash transfer programme arguing the initiative has proven effective in building resilience among beneficiaries.
However, Deputy Head of Mission to Malawi, Mark Montgomery said applying the same can only happen based on evidence from proper research on the programme.
"The social cash transfer programme is essential in building resilience among ultra-poor households in the country. We are working with all stakeholders involved in making sure we can effect changes in future," he said.
Montgomery said this in Ntcheu when he appreciated interventions under Pathways for Strengthened Resilience and Graduation among Social Cash Transfer beneficiaries, P4R project which the Embassy is supporting through Save the Children in the district.
The project seek to contribute to reduced poverty and increased resilience among the poorest and vulnerable households in Ntcheu district.
It targets 3, 500 social cash transfer beneficiaries beside over 1, 800 youths and adolescents in Traditional Authorities - T/A's Ganya and Masasa as well as Sub Traditional Authorities - STA's Mkutumula and Tsikulamowa respectively.
Meanwhile, Save the Children, Senior Humanitarian Operations and Resilience Manager Steve Kamtimaleka supports the idea.
"Increasing the amount is critical looking at the high cost of living. However, as an organisation we will continue implementing resilience interventions to communities we are working with," he said.
On average, social cash transfer benefiting households receive K9, 000 per month at the moment.