Ministry expands NISSA programme

Ministry expands NISSA programme

QUTHING – The Ministry of Social Development last Friday took its drive to expand the National Information System for Social Assistance (NISSA) to Quthing district.
NISSA is a single registry that was launched in 2010 to help the government manage its social protection programmes.
The system will allow the government to store socio-economic data to allow it to plan and manage the delivery of social payments and evaluate social programmes such as the Child Grants.
Social Development Minister ‘Matebatso Doti said the “programme will help ensure that the country has an updated database that would enhance the targeting of social protection programmes aimed at reducing vulnerability of the poorest of the poor households”.

It would also strengthen the “responsiveness of social assistance programmes during shocks such as droughts”.
The visit to Quthing was meant to improve the efficiency of the database so that it is easily accessible to stakeholders coordinating social protection programmes.
“NISSA will also enable the government through the ministry in increasing coverage of social assistance programs,” she said.

NISSA Manager, Setlaba Phalatsi, said at the end of 2017, there were 235 000 households from 58 community councils in the NISSA database.
He said the ministry plans to collect data from 200 000 households covering 42 councils by the end of 2018.
“This will constitute six new community councils and updating of old NISSA information from 36 community councils,” he said.
“The target is 350 000 households,” he said.

A child welfare officer in Quthing, ‘Malebona Motsapi, said among 8 990 households of Tosing council, they managed to collect data from 8 222 households.

Staff Reporter

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