PM: Cash support in Takaful and Karama program to be limited to 2 children per family
Friday، 23 November 2018 - 10:19 AM
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli on Thursday announced that cash support in Takaful and Karama cash transfer program will be limited to two children per family, instead of three per family, as of January 2019.
The move is aimed at allowing more households to benefit from such cash support, Madbouli said, pointing out that more scenarios are being considered to rationalize in-kind support.
The premier's announcement came during the activities of the third annual conference on Takaful and Karama social solidarity program, which is held under the rubric (Productive social protection: "From protection to production").
The event was attended by Investment Minister Sahar Nasr, Education Minister Tareq Shawqi, Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat and Supply Minister Ali Moselhy in addition to British Ambassador in Cairo Geoffrey Adams.
In his speech, the prime minister said he is pleased to participate in the Social Solidarity Ministry's celebration to mark the third anniversary of Takaful and Karama program, which greatly contributed to supporting about 2.2 million poor families.
Madbouli clarified that the conditional cash support program comes as part of the government's approach to social justice policies, with a view to relieving the daily stress on households living below the poverty line, as a result of the recent economic reform measures to restructure Egypt's economy in a more balanced manner and establish rules for comprehensive and sustainable development.
Also, he lauded the program's focus on human capital investment, through providing health care for children under the age of six years, in addition to following up the reproductive health of mothers.
Madbouli touched on overpopulation in Egypt, which he described as one of the most serious problems threatening economic growth and impeding development efforts.
In this regard, he asserted the necessity for uniting state's efforts to curb the population growth, either by raising family's awareness, or providing health services and family-planning methods.
The prime minister stressed the need to devote efforts during the coming phase for consolidating social protection nets while pressing ahead with the development process, which in turn could positively reflect on the lives of low-income people, pointing out that such a goal could only be achieved through coordination among the private sector, civil society, financial institutions and investors' associations.
Takaful and Karama is the first conditional cash transfer program run by the ministry since 2015 to financially support impoverished families with children under 18 years old, poor elderly people and those with special needs.
The amount of the Takaful cash transfer provided to households depends on the number of children and their school level. The Karama program provides a set amount per individual. In order to reach the poorest households, participants are selected using a proxy means test. In the Takaful program, 89 percent of recipients are women, while only 11 percent are men.
In 2018, the program began applying certain conditions, including requiring households in the program to ensure their children attend school and participate in health screenings and antenatal care for pregnant women and post-natal care.