Programme objectives

To ameliorate the living conditions of poor and vulnerable populations, while also improving behaviours related to the health, nutrition and education of beneficiaries.

References
COMCEC. 2014. Proceedings of the 3rd Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group on ‘Monitoring Mechanisms of The Social Safety Net Programmes in the COMCEC Region’. Ankara: COMCEC Coordination Office, Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www2.comcec.org/UserFiles/File/WorkingGroups/Poverty3/ProceedingsOfThe3rd MeetingOfTheCOMCECPovertyAlleviationWG.pdf>.
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
Cash transfer pilot (funded by the government for 24 months)
Start date
2014
References
World Bank. 2014. Cameroon Social Safety Nets (P128534) - Implementation Status & Results Report. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/AFR/2014/12/01/ 090224b0828c9ae4/1_0/Rendered/PDF/Cameroon000Cam0Report000Sequence003.pdf>.
Programme components
Includes a cash transfer component and a public work component; also includes training activities related to financial literacy and income-generation, supported by NGOs and other institutions.
References
World Bank. 2014. Cameroon Social Safety Nets (P128534) - Implementation Status & Results Report. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/AFR/2014/12/01/ 090224b0828c9ae4/1_0/Rendered/PDF/Cameroon000Cam0Report000Sequence003.pdf>.
Conditionalities (if any)
Soft conditionalities related to education, health, nutrition, income generating activities and public interest works. These soft conditionalities are proposed as a moral contract upon beneficiary registration, encouraging them to provide proper schooling and health care for children and to use the transfers for those ends.
References
COMCEC. 2014. Proceedings of the 3rd Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group on ‘Monitoring Mechanisms of The Social Safety Net Programmes in the COMCEC Region’. Ankara: COMCEC Coordination Office, Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www2.comcec.org/UserFiles/File/WorkingGroups/Poverty3/ProceedingsOfThe3rd MeetingOfTheCOMCECPovertyAlleviationWG.pdf>. World Bank. 2014. Cameroon Social Safety Nets (P128534) - Implementation Status & Results Report. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/AFR/2014/12/01/ 090224b0828c9ae4/1_0/Rendered/PDF/Cameroon000Cam0Report000Sequence003.pdf>.
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Proxy Means Test
Community-Based Targeting
References
COMCEC. 2014. Proceedings of the 3rd Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group on ‘Monitoring Mechanisms of The Social Safety Net Programmes in the COMCEC Region’. Ankara: COMCEC Coordination Office, Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www2.comcec.org/UserFiles/File/WorkingGroups/Poverty3/ProceedingsOfThe3rd MeetingOfTheCOMCECPovertyAlleviationWG.pdf>.
Targeted areas
10 rural departments of the 5 poorest regions of Cameroon plus selected households in Yaoundé and Douala.
References
World Bank. 2013. Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 32.5 Million (USD50 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Cameroon for a Social Safety Net Project. Washington DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/03/05/000442464_20130305103254/Rendered/ PDF/747010PAD0P1280Official0Use0Only090.pdf>.
Target groups
Poor households.
References
World Bank. 2013. Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 32.5 Million (USD50 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Cameroon for a Social Safety Net Project. Washington DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/03/05/000442464_20130305103254/Rendered/ PDF/747010PAD0P1280Official0Use0Only090.pdf>.
Eligibility criteria
Chronically poor rural households, particularly those vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition
References
World Bank. 2013. Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 32.5 Million (USD50 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Cameroon for a Social Safety Net Project. Washington DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/03/05/000442464_20130305103254/Rendered/ PDF/747010PAD0P1280Official0Use0Only090.pdf>.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
XAF20,000 (USD40) every two months XAF80,000 (USD160) upon the 6th and 12th payments.
References
Batomen, F. 2014. “Monitoring and evaluation system of the Safety Nets Project.” Presentation at the 3rd Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group, Ankara, 10 April 2014. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www2.comcec.org/UserFiles/File/WorkingGroups/Poverty3/ Presentations/4-1-Cameroon.pdf>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Bi-monthly
Benefit delivery mechanism
Combination of information and communication technologies, including smartcards and mobile phones.
References
World Bank. 2013. Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 32.5 Million (USD50 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Cameroon for a Social Safety Net Project. Washington DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/03/05/000442464_20130305103254/Rendered/ PDF/747010PAD0P1280Official0Use0Only090.pdf>.
Benefit recipients
Oldest woman in the household or first spouse (for polygamous households); if there are no adult women in the household, the male household head can be the designated recipient.
References
World Bank. 2013. Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 32.5 Million (USD50 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Cameroon for a Social Safety Net Project. Washington DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/03/05/000442464_20130305103254/Rendered/ PDF/747010PAD0P1280Official0Use0Only090.pdf>.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
24 months (maximum duration)
References
World Bank. 2013. Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 32.5 Million (USD50 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Cameroon for a Social Safety Net Project. Washington DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/03/05/000442464_20130305103254/Rendered/ PDF/747010PAD0P1280Official0Use0Only090.pdf>.
Coverage
Estimated 40,000 households
References
World Bank. 2013. Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 32.5 Million (USD50 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Cameroon for a Social Safety Net Project. Washington DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/03/05/000442464_20130305103254/Rendered/ PDF/747010PAD0P1280Official0Use0Only090.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
USD50 million
References
World Bank. 2013. Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 32.5 Million (USD50 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Cameroon for a Social Safety Net Project. Washington DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/03/05/000442464_20130305103254/Rendered/ PDF/747010PAD0P1280Official0Use0Only090.pdf>.
Institutions and agencies involved
Government of Cameroon—Project Management Unit (PMU); International Development Association (IDA); World Bank
References
World Bank. 2013. Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 32.5 Million (USD50 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Cameroon for a Social Safety Net Project. Washington DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/03/05/000442464_20130305103254/Rendered/ PDF/747010PAD0P1280Official0Use0Only090.pdf>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Monitoring system composed of: • monitoring and evaluation expert at the central level; • field operators at the local level; • local citizen control groups at the village level; and • a management information system (MIS) for monitoring payments.
References
COMCEC. 2014. Proceedings of the 3rd Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group on ‘Monitoring Mechanisms of The Social Safety Net Programmes in the COMCEC Region’. Ankara: COMCEC Coordination Office, Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www2.comcec.org/UserFiles/File/WorkingGroups/Poverty3/ProceedingsOfThe3rd MeetingOfTheCOMCECPovertyAlleviationWG.pdf>.