Programme objectives

To protect poor families from the loss of meat subsidies through a cash compensation scheme 

Legal Framework: Royal Decree no. 25 of 2013 

References
Ministry of Labour and Social Development. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Government of Bahrain, Ministry of Labour and Social Development website. Accessed 25 July 2017. <http://www.social.gov.bh/family/social_assistance>. In Arabic. Oxford Business Group. 2016. “Subsidy cuts a tricky task for Bahrain’s government.” Oxford Business Group website. Accessed 18 September 2017. <https://www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com/analysis/exploring-options-government-faces-tricky-task-over-subsidy-cuts>.
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
2015
References
Oxford Business Group. 2016. “Subsidy cuts a tricky task for Bahrain’s government.” Oxford Business Group website. Accessed 18 September 2017. <https://www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com/analysis/exploring-options-government-faces-tricky-task-over-subsidy-cuts>.
Programme components
Child-sensitive design feature: benefits increase with the number of household members/children
Conditionalities (if any)
 
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Poor households: all beneficiaries benefiting from the social assistance system
References
Ministry of Labour and Social Development. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Government of Bahrain, Ministry of Labour and Social Development website. Accessed 25 July 2017. <http://www.social.gov.bh/family/social_assistance>. In Arabic.
Eligibility criteria
See eligibility criteria for social assistance scheme; only Bahraini households are eligible for the programme
References
Ministry of Labour and Social Development. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Government of Bahrain, Ministry of Labour and Social Development website. Accessed 25 July 2017. <http://www.social.gov.bh/family/social_assistance>. In Arabic.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Cash
References
Ministry of Labour and Social Development. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Government of Bahrain, Ministry of Labour and Social Development website. Accessed 25 July 2017. <http://www.social.gov.bh/family/social_assistance>. In Arabic.
Amount of benefits
Eligible households will be compensated for rising meat prices at a rate of BHD5 (USD13.17) per month for each breadwinner, plus BHD3.5 (USD9.22) for every additional adult and a further BHD2.5 (USD6.59) for each child
References
Oxford Business Group. 2016. “Subsidy cuts a tricky task for Bahrain’s government.” Oxford Business Group website. Accessed 18 September 2017. <https://www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com/analysis/exploring-options-government-faces-tricky-task-over-subsidy-cuts>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Ministry of Labour and Social Development. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Government of Bahrain, Ministry of Labour and Social Development website. Accessed 25 July 2017. <http://www.social.gov.bh/family/social_assistance>. In Arabic.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Bank account deposit
References
Ministry of Labour and Social Development. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Government of Bahrain, Ministry of Labour and Social Development website. Accessed 25 July 2017. <http://www.social.gov.bh/family/social_assistance>. In Arabic.
Benefit recipients
 
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
 
Coverage
 
Programme expenditure
 
Institutions and agencies involved
Ministry of Labour and Social Development; CIO; Ministry of Finance
References
Ministry of Labour and Social Development. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Government of Bahrain, Ministry of Labour and Social Development website. Accessed 25 July 2017. <http://www.social.gov.bh/family/social_assistance>. In Arabic.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency