Parliamentary Committee applauds social cash transfer program’s impact in Balaka district

By Chisomo Phiri

The Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurance and Public Sector Reforms has expressed satisfaction with the progress of the Social Cash Transfer Program in Balaka District.

The committee’s Chairperson Noel Lipipa commended the program’s positive impact on community members, noting its potential for long-term poverty reduction.

While acknowledging the program’s success, Lipipa suggested extending its duration to ensure beneficiaries can fully transform their lives and escape poverty.

Noel Lipipa

This extension, he believes, would allow participants to build sustainable livelihoods and achieve lasting economic stability.

On his part, one of the program’s beneficiaries, Robert Kazembe from Traditional Authority(T/A) Nsamala in the district, attested to the program’s effectiveness.

“Thanks to the program, I have been able to build a decent house and venture into livestock production,” Kazembe said, highlighting the tangible improvements in his life.

The Social Cash Transfer is a program that provides financial assistance to vulnerable individuals or households, often in the form of a cash transfer, to help them meet their basic needs and improve their well-being.

The program aims to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition, and to promote economic stability and resilience.