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The Status of Poverty By D Mmari REPOA. Three broad sections •Status on PRS targets and Indicators •Urban Poverty •Regional differences.

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1 The Status of Poverty By D Mmari REPOA

2 Three broad sections •Status on PRS targets and Indicators •Urban Poverty •Regional differences

3 Status on PRS targets and Indicators •Draws heavily from the HBS (1991/92 and 2000/01) and ILFS, but also other DHS, TRCHS, routine data, etc. •Presents status and trend over the 1990s •Clustered according to PRSP outline •Disaggregated by sex, gender, urban and rural, and poverty status where data allowed •Issues and recommendations relating to PRS indicators

4 Status on PRS targets and Indicators (Ctd) •Status reported on: –Income Poverty –Employment –Non-Income Poverty •Education •Survival •Nutrition •Water

5 Income Poverty •No significant net gains in the reduction of income poverty for the majority of the population during the 1990 •Income poverty has only significantly declined in urban areas. •Data indicates that the focus of poverty reduction should be rural and that bold steps need to be taken to boost rural livelihoods.

6 Income Poverty (Ctd) Source: Household Budget Survey 1991/92 and 2000/01

7 Income Poverty (Ctd) Source: Household Budget Survey 1991/92 and 2000/01

8 Income Poverty (Ctd) •The PRS assumes the road network to be major obstacle to income poverty reduction (as it ensures better & cheaper access to markets & other services •As of 2000, the virtually all 27,550 km of feeder roads were earth tracks or gravel roads in poor condition •Only 8 per cent of the district road network (20,000 km) is in good condition •Only 20 per cent of the regional road network is in good condition, whereas 40 per cent is fair and 40 per cent poor.

9 Employment •employment in the Government and parastatal sectors declined during the 1990s •employment in the private formal sector increased •employment in traditional agriculture declined during the 1990s, but agriculture remains the main source of livelihood for the vast majority of the population. •Utmost concern is the high rate of unemployment among youth

10 Employment (Ctd) Percentage distribution of employment by sector Source: ILFS 1990/91 and 2000/01

11 Employment (Ctd) •the proportion of paid employment declined from 9% to 7%, •the proportion of those working on their own farm declined from 84% to 77% •the proportion of those in self- employment increased from 7% to 9% in 2000/01.

12 Unemployment •unemployment rate highest in Dar es Salaam -increased from 22% to 26% •in other urban areas, unemployment rate increased from 6% to 10% •unemployment in rural areas remained unchanged •unemployment rate highest for youth aged between 15 and 34, especially those living in urban areas.

13 Unemployment (Ctd) Unemployment rates by age and by geographical location

14 Unemployment (Ctd) •Overall, unemployment in the country has increased from 3.5% in 1990/91 to 5% in 2000/01. •unemployment rate is highest among those with primary education and living in Dar es Salaam •in other urban areas, unemployment is higher for those who have completed primary and secondary education and above •in rural areas, education levels do not appear to influence the rate of unemployment, possibly highlighting the limited use of the concept of unemployment in rural areas.

15 Unemployment (Ctd) •A major challenge for the PRS is to enlarge the range of viable economic opportunities for the poor in rural as well as urban areas. •The high levels of unemployment among people with primary education in urban areas suggest that their skills are insufficient to allow them to find gainful employment. Similar concerns exist for secondary graduates. •In the medium term action plans and programmes to promote skills for the unemployed youth should be put in place.

16 Education •one of the first sector to show some real results of the PRS: enrolment rates are showing an impressive rise. •however, a large group of children whose right to education is at risk because they are ‘over-age’ and cannot presently be accommodated in primary schools. It is crucial that complementary education schemes such as COBET are expanded dramatically to cater for them.

17 Education (Ctd) •As enrolment levels rise, the quality of education remains a concern, which is growing because of the extra strain the increased enrolment puts on the system. •The impact of HIV/AIDS on the teaching staff further complicates the above. •There remain gender inequities in the education system, although gender parity in primary education at the national level has almost been achieved.

18 Education (Ctd) •Illiteracy –28.6% of the population cannot read and write in any language. –more illiteracy among women (36.0%) than among men (20.4%). –Dar es Salaam shows the lowest proportion of illiteracy (8.7% of the population).

19 Education (Ctd) •Illiteracy (Ctd) –The highest level of illiteracy is found in the rural population (33.1%). –Rural women are the population group with the highest incidence of illiteracy (41.2%, compared to 23.9% for rural men) –Illiteracy among parents has important consequences for the education of their children, and hence education targets.

20 Education (Ctd) •Primary school enrollments –the net enrolment rate rose from 54.2% to 57.1%. 1999 –As a result of the abolition of fees for primary education, a move which was introduced in the PRSP in 2000, a significant increase in enrolment figures can be seen since the year 2000.

21 Education (Ctd) •Primary school enrollments –In 2001, the net enrolment rate reached 65.5%, up from 58.8% in 2000. –The gross enrolment rate from a level of around 77% throughout the 1990s to 84% in 2001 –If the increase in enrolment in recent years can be sustained and enhanced into 2002 and 2003, it is quite likely that the target will be met.

22 Education (Ctd)

23 •Dropouts and completion –MoE figures show 2001 drop-out rates varying between 2.73% between Standard III-IV and 8.9% for Standard IV-V (PRS target of 3%) –complex, lengthy procedures to be followed before a child is struck off the school register complicates the analysis, calling for a cohort analysis on the pupils who enter primary school in a given year vis-à-vis how many complete primary school

24 Education (Ctd) •Dropouts and completion (Ctd) –the pass rate for this examination still poor, though improved slightly –The PRS target of Standard VII examination is 50% by 2003. –the pass rate increased to 28.6% in 2001 from 19.3% in 1999.

25 Education (Ctd) •Transition to secondary schools and secondary enrollments –This transition rate of 21.7% recorded for 2000. This is low, but obviously much higher that the rates that prevailed in the seventies and eighties. –Secondary enrolment is no more than about 6% of primary enrolment. But secondary enrolment is gradually increasing.

26 Education (Ctd) •Transition to secondary schools and secondary enrollments (Ctd) –Gender equity in enrolment is not a major issue in primary education in Tanzania on average, but at secondary and tertiary levels, there are relatively more boys and fewer girls.

27 Survival •The 1990s have shown no substantial progress in the reduction of infant and under- five mortality. •There are indications that there may have been a slight increase in infant and under-five mortality rates in recent years, probably related to HIV/AIDS

28 Survival (Ctd) •a holistic approach to children's right to survival is called for to achieve the targets: addressing poverty as well as HIV/AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases. • Immunisation levels on average are encouraging, but still large disparities observed

29 Survival (Ctd) •Infant and under-five mortality –This analysis shows that infant and under-five mortality have not declined over the 1990s and that there may have been a small increase in recent years. –An increase is apparent particularly in urban areas, possibly explained by HIV/AIDS as one of the major contributing factors.

30 Survival (Ctd) Source: DHS 91/92, DHS 96, TRCHS 99

31 Survival (Ctd) •There is evidence that children of the richest quintile are significantly less likely to die in infancy and early childhood as compared to the national average, though mortality rates are generally high for all income groups

32 Survival (Ctd)

33 •modest decline in the immunisation levels in 1999, but the target is likely to be within reach for both DPT and measles immunisation

34 Survival (Ctd) •HIV/AIDS –The magnitude of HIV/AIDS infection in Tanzania is frightening –cumulative number of cases estimated to be 660,000 –most affected population category is the age group of 20-44. –There is a rising rate of infant mortality in urban areas, most likely linked to HIV/AIDS.

35 Survival (Ctd) •HIV/AIDS (Ctd) –The prevalence rate of HIV has steadily increased over the 1990s, rising from 5.5% in 1992 to 9.9% in 2000 –Wide disparity in infection rates in districts and region (eg 1.5% of 1,075 blood donors Vs 35.3% of 1,671 in Kilombero district) –Other regions recording prevalence rates of over 10% are Kagera, Arusha, Rukwa, Mbeya, Iringa and Morogoro. The rates are lowest (under 5%) in Lindi, Dodoma and Kigoma.

36 Survival (Ctd) •HIV/AIDS (Ctd) –The gender-gap in HIV prevalence has also widened (1992: M = 5.3% F= 5.9%, 2000: M=9.2%, F=13.3%) –The highest prevalence rate age group (35-39 for M and 25-29 for F)

37 Survival (Ctd) •Maternal mortality –It is difficult to measure and track over time as it is statistically speaking a rare event (occurring in less than 1 in 100 deliveries), The latest nationally representative estimate for maternal mortality is from the 1996 DHS and refers to the period 1987-1996. A baseline figure for the PRS will not be obtained until the 2004 DHS is carried out.

38 Survival (Ctd) •Maternal mortality (Ctd) –a proxy indicator – the proportion of births attended by a skilled doctor, nurse or midwife

39 Survival (Ctd) •Life Expectancy –The last reliable nation-wide life expectancy figures were based on the 1988 Census. –The Census to be carried out in 2002 will provide the first update on life expectancy since 1988. –Some evidence on changes in life expectancy from the National Sentinel Surveillance System and the AMMP of the Ministry of Health indicates a decline in Dar es Salaam & Hai, and a slight increase in Morogoro

40 Nutrition •Little progress has been recorded with the reduction of under-nutrition rates for children over the 1990s. •Observed disparities in the level of under-nutrition between –rural and urban areas –children from poorer and richer households •Indicators –stunting (height-for-age) - chronic under-nutrition – wasting (weight-for-height)- acute under-nutrition –underweight (weight-for-age)- summary measure

41 Nutrition (Ctd)

42 Water •an increase in the use of improved sources of drinking water in rural areas (35% to 46%) •the proportion of households using improved water has fallen in Dar es Salaam (97% to 94%) •little change observed in other urban areas •nearly half of the households in mainland Tanzania and over half of rural households still use drinking water from sources that can be considered unsafe.

43 Water (Ctd)

44 Urban Poverty •though urban poverty is a concern, much higher levels of poverty are observed in the rural areas. •income poverty has declined more rapidly in urban areas, particularly in Dar es Salaam. •Within urban areas, attention must be paid to specific poor and vulnerable groups – people living on streets – petty traders in the informal sector –urban dwellers in areas without adequate social infrastructure – people living under poor and marginal conditions.

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