-- Kenya is set to roll out a
cash transfer program for persons over 70 years with
effect from January 2018, a government official said on
program seeks to directly protect and reduce
vulnerability of Kenyans in the age bracket of 70 years
registering older persons aged 70 and above all over the
country with effect from July 5,” the Principal
Secretary, State Department of Social Protection,
Ministry of East Africa Community, Labor and Social
Protection, Susan Mochache told a stakeholders forum in
noted that those who may not travel to the government’s
offices due to sickness will be traced and get
registered alongside their caregivers from their homes
beginning end of August 2017.
launched Older Persons Cash Transfer Program (OPCT), has
been paying people aged 65 and above 20 U.S. dollars per
month that translates to 130 million dollars.
government has increased the kitty to dollars 210
million to enhance and expand the existing OPCT into a
more inclusive program that provides transfers to all
older persons aged 70 years and above.
additional older persons will join the 324,000 Older
Persons that are already benefitting from cash transfer.
of cash transfers is seen through improved livelihoods
of beneficiaries and a sense of dignity instilled in
them,” she noted.
called on stakeholders attending the launch to help
develop a clear road map for rolling out the program and
also create awareness about the initiative.
your feedback and support on the initiative to ensure
the program kicks off on the right footing and to
mobilize older persons around the country to register in
big numbers,” she added.
that the government plans to increase the total
allocation from the current 0.2 percent of the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) to finally match with the 14
percent that is the trend in the world.
out this program, Kenya now joins South Africa,
Mozambique, Nigeria, Botswana, Lesotho, countries that
have launched their programs.