Tanzania to conduct survey to identify household poverty indicators

DAR ES SALAAM, Sept. 28 — Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) will conduct a countrywide household budget survey in December, aiming at identifying poverty indicators for Tanzania mainland, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The study seeks to understand the real situation of poverty status among households in the country so as to help the government in implementing its development plans, said Albina Chuwa, the NBS director general, at a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. Chuwa said the government will fund the project to the tune of 1.3 million U.S. dollars, and 3.2 million dollars will come from the World Bank and other non-banking global institutions.


The World Bank has also donated 500 tablets for collecting data across all mainland regions, Chuwa said. “The use of tablets instead of papers will reduce the expenses of the survey and save time,” said Chuwa. “We will no longer need to travel long distances from respective regions in the data collection process as we used to do in the past since data reports will be sent directly from respective areas using tablet devices,” she said. A full report on the survey will be released in December 2018, Chuwa said.- XINHUA