The Government of Malawi has sent a delegation of Government officials to study how Uganda’s Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) is making payments to beneficiaries with the aim of learning from it and using its lessons to improve their own direct income support programmes..
As of March 2013, the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) implemented is reaching 70,150 beneficiaries in the 14 districts across the country. The Programme is now disbursing over UGX1.8 billion a month in Direct Income Support to beneficiaries. Since launching the first grants in September 2011, the Programme has to date disbursed a total of UGX11.6 billion to beneficiaries.
As Uganda marks 50 years of independence, this year’s celebrations for the International Day for Older Persons have been filled with calls to expand the Senior Citizens Grants to cover the whole country. Such a commitment would demonstrate the Government’s and the people’s recognition and appreciation of the contribution that older persons have made to Uganda’s development in the struggle for, and since independence.
Uganda’s poor and vulnerable when given cash, spend it on food, education and livelihood related items; and when they can, they save it, a survey conducted by the Social Protection Secretariat in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development reveals.
The snap shot survey carried out at the end of July 2012 was undertaken to establish; what beneficiaries of the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) spend their money on; if they save any of it, and how the grants are beginning to impact on individuals, households and the communities in areas where it is being implemented.
Kampala: April 19, 2012: What are the chances that a Ugandan child, living with illiterate, poor grandparents in a rural community in Uganda, will survive to their 5th birthday, receive the nutrition and health care necessary to develop their full physical and intellectual potential, afford the materials and uniform to complete primary and secondary education and acquire the skills to effectively contribute to Uganda’s growing labour market?
The Expanding Social Protection Programme in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and the Economic Policy Research Centre are hosting a national dialogue on Inclusive Socio-Economic Transformation for Uganda: The Role of Social Protection taking place at the Protea Hotel, Thursday April 19, 2012.
Nebbi, March 8, 2012: Nebbi district today became the fifth to start disbursing Direct Income Support to older persons under the Senior Citizens Grants. Nebbi is part of the cohort of Apac, Moroto, Katakwi and Nakapiripirit that will start disbursing the grants under the Expanding Social Protection Programme by end of June 2012.
Moroto, February 7, 2012: The First Lady and the Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet K. Museveni, today challenged leaders in the Karamoja region to ensure that the population is properly sensitized ahead of the launch of the Senior Citizen’s Grants and Vulnerable Family Support Grants in the region in April this year.