New Ubudehe categories will be activated by December | New times

Stakeholders are working out the details to ensure that new, clearer, error-free Ubudehe categories are activated by December of this year, New times can reveal.

Ubudehe is a social stratification program based on household income.

The five new categories are represented by the letters A, B, C, D and E; with A comprising the highest income households, while E comprising the most vulnerable in society.

Speaking exclusively to this post, Director General of Community Development and Social Affairs Huss Monique said categorization is now complete but stakeholders are doing all they can to ensure that the categories that are presented to the millions Rwandans are free from errors. which have constantly been raised in the current

“The ranking process is over. I think by the time of Umushyikirano in December of this year, these categories will be ready to activate. We just make sure that what we deliver is clearer and better than the current categories, ”she said.

She said that to do this, stakeholders are working on guidelines that will cover these categories specifying which category gets what and when.

The guidelines will be signed by the local government minister, as stipulated at a recent cabinet meeting.

Value of guidelines

In a telephone interview, the director general of the Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA), Claudine Marie-Solange Nyinawagaga, said that although 40 percent of households were not classified in December of l last year, the exercise is now over.

“The December and January closures have slowed us down a bit, but to date 99% of all homes have been listed except for new households which may be arriving right now,” she said.

She stressed that the new categories will be made public alongside new ministerial guidelines that the government hopes will make service delivery faster, easier and better.

“We didn’t have such guidelines before. Before, we relied on different policy documents to deliver services. Ministerial guidance will be more specific on the exact policy document to use if necessary, ”she said.

Nyinawagaga explained that these guidelines will provide answers to questions and complaints raised by the masses.

They will also be clear on the processes that an NGO, religion or civil society organization must follow to provide support to a particular category of Ubudehe.

Beware of injustice

Nyinawagaga called on the masses to ensure that wrongdoing such as corruption is avoided so that those who need genuine support get it in a timely manner.

“When someone pays a bribe to put him in a particular category because he wants to benefit from the mutual health insurance community, he directly plays a role in victimizing the people who were genuinely supposed. benefit from these programs, ”she said.

In another recent interview with this publication, Nyinawagaga said that some services, especially university scholarships, were linked to Ubudehe categories, and blamed this for bad practices in the categorization and implementation process.

“There were cases where some people with financial means scrambled to be classified in the first and second categories of Ubudehe to be able to benefit from services preserved for the most deprived”, he declared, stressing that the problem had triggered. a debate in which Rwandans suggested a revision of the classification.

She indicated that apart from social protection for the most vulnerable in order to break the cycle of poverty, no other service will be provided according to the categories of Ubudehe.

She indicated that apart from social protection for the most vulnerable in order to break the cycle of poverty, no other service will be provided according to the categories of Ubudehe.

“Services like college scholarships or expensive medical services like dialysis for kidney disease should not be offered according to Ubudehe’s categories,” she said.

She said that these services will be provided to those who deserve it, and not according to the category of Ubudehe to which they belong.

Social protection interventions include the Girinka program – one cow per poor family – direct support consisting of donations to the most vulnerable (who are elderly) and the public works of the Vision Umurenge (VUP) program where people receive a salary for their work.

Category A

It is made up of households considered to be well-off.

These include families with an aggregate income of more than RWF 600,000 per month from various sources such as wages or pension benefits, or other income generating activities.

Also included in this category are households with more than 10 hectares of land in rural areas and more than one hectare of land in urban centers, or engaged in livestock activities enabling them to obtain the aforementioned income.

Category B

This category includes households that earn between 65,000 and 600,000 Rwf per month from sources similar to those cited above. For land, they should own between one and 10 hectares for rural areas, or between 300 square meters and one hectare in cities.

Category C

It is made up of households whose aggregate income is between 45,000 Rwf and 65,000 Rwf per month. Their land tenure varies from 0.5 hectare to one hectare in rural areas, or from 100 square meters to 300 square meters in urban areas.

Category D

This category concerns households that earn less than Rwf 45,000 per month (casual workers). Their land is less than half a hectare in rural areas and less than 100 square meters in urban areas.

Category E

This is a special category comprising people who are inactive due to their age, major disabilities or incurable illnesses, but who do not have other assets or other sources of income.

Those in this category include those whose head of household and spouse are at least 65 years old and have no source of income to support the family.

Ubudehe’s categories are revised every three years and cover over 2.7 million households.

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