Vulnerability and Social Protection Programmes in Tanzania

"This report describes the extent to which major social protection and risk management programmes and strategies adopted in Tanzania have contributed in shielding the extremely vulnerable individuals, households and communities in urban and rural areas from becoming poorer. Vulnerability, or the probability that an individual become poorer due to various situations is an important aspect of poverty reduction strategies. As a concept, vulnerability extends policy concerns to the dynamic aspects of poverty. While poverty describes how things are today, vulnerability is concerned with what the situation could be in future. Due to the importance of vulnerability to poverty reduction strategies, the Poverty and Human Development Report 20022, identifies vulnerability as an important policy area that requires further work. The report calls for a comprehensive documentation of different typologies of vulnerability to various forms of poverty in order to recommend policies that may respond more effectively to different forms of vulnerability."