Roosa Lambin and Milla Nyyssölä on social protection and gender in Tanzania

Weekly seminar of the Labour Institute for Economic Research

On 29 September 2021 UNU-WIDER researchers Roosa Lambin and Milla Nyyssölä give a presentation at the weekly online seminar of the Labour Institute for Economic Research. The topic of their presentation is Social protection and gender in Tanzania - Exploring developments, challenges, and opportunities.

The weekly seminar series gathers around 20 researchers to listen to a presentation on a topical issue. This session provides knowledge on gender, social protection in Africa, and on microsimulation of social benefits.

In their presentation Lambin and Nyyssölä share the research findings of an upcoming multidisciplinary Working Paper, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The paper examines the gender implications of the social protection framework in Mainland Tanzania. What emerges is that majority of Tanzanian women rely on informal social protection, significant inequalities exist across women working in formal and informal sectors, and that an additional social protection scheme for children under the age of seven would be effective in reducing poverty for female headed households with incomes around the basic needs poverty line. The findings call for further investigations using other poverty measures and analysis units.

The presentation is part of the Sustainable development solutions for Tanzania – strengthening research to achieve SDGs project.