Programme objectives

To mitigate the impact of the ongoing fiscal and subsidy reforms on the living costs of low- and middle-income households

References
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2016. Fiscal Balance Programme: Balanced Budget 2020. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://vision2030. gov.sa/sites/default/files/attachments/BB2020_EN.pdf>
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
2017
References
Saeed Elsayyad, A. 2017. The Social Dimensions of Saudi Vision 2030: A Paradigm Shift. Brasília: International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/eng/OP361_The_social_dimensions_of_Saudi_ Vision_2030_a_paradigm_shift.pdf>
Programme components
Cash transfers
Conditionalities (if any)
 
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
All beneficiaries of the cash transfer system under Royal Decree no. M/45 of 2006 (Supplementary Support Programme) will be automatically enrolled in the programme. New registrations: Eligibility verifications will be slowly developed by the government
References
OHCHR. 2017. Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his mission to Saudi Arabia. Geneva: The Office of the United Nations High Commisionar for Human Rights. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ohchr.org/ EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session35/Documents/A_HRC_35_CRP_1_E.docx>. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2016. Fiscal Balance Programme: Balanced Budget 2020. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://vision2030. gov.sa/sites/default/files/attachments/BB2020_EN.pdf>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Low- and middle-income Saudi households; single people who are not living with their family; non-Saudi households are not eligible; all beneficiaries of the Supplementary Support Programme
References
OHCHR. 2017. Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his mission to Saudi Arabia. Geneva: The Office of the United Nations High Commisionar for Human Rights. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ohchr.org/ EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session35/Documents/A_HRC_35_CRP_1_E.docx>
Eligibility criteria
Saudi nationality; proof of residence in the Kingdom; all household members must be first-degree relatives
References
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2016. Fiscal Balance Programme: Balanced Budget 2020. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://vision2030. gov.sa/sites/default/files/attachments/BB2020_EN.pdf>.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
Beneficiary status must be updated quarterly
References
Saeed Elsayyad, A. 2017. The Social Dimensions of Saudi Vision 2030: A Paradigm Shift. Brasília: International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/eng/OP361_The_social_dimensions_of_Saudi_Vision_2030_a_paradigm_shift.pdf>.
Type of benefits
 
Amount of benefits
Amounts are calculated based on household size (number of members) and economic well-being (income level); all eligible households will receive the first payment before the government implements the new energy price reforms
References
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2016. Fiscal Balance Programme: Balanced Budget 2020. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://vision2030. gov.sa/sites/default/files/attachments/BB2020_EN.pdf>
Payment/delivery frequency
 
Benefit delivery mechanism
 
Benefit recipients
 
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
 
Coverage
Since its inception in February 2017, the number of households registered has reached about 3.5 million, with more than 12 million registered individuals, representing more than half of the Saudi population
References
Saeed Elsayyad, A. 2017. The Social Dimensions of Saudi Vision 2030: A Paradigm Shift. Brasília: International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/eng/OP361_The_social_dimensions_of_Saudi_Vision_2030_a_paradigm_shift.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
Planned expenditure: SAR60–70 billion per year Source of funding: Government - redirecting part of budget allocations after implementing subsidy reforms
References
OHCHR. 2017. Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his mission to Saudi Arabia. Geneva: The Office of the United Nations High Commisionar for Human Rights. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ohchr.org/ EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session35/Documents/A_HRC_35_CRP_1_E.docx>.
Institutions and agencies involved
Ministry of Labour and Social Development
References
OHCHR. 2017. Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his mission to Saudi Arabia. Geneva: The Office of the United Nations High Commisionar for Human Rights. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ohchr.org/ EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session35/Documents/A_HRC_35_CRP_1_E.docx>
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
MIS: Citizen’s Account registry system: the Saudi government opened an online registration portal, and participants input and update their information directly (self-declared information); for profile validation, supporting documents may be required
References
Saeed Elsayyad, A. 2017. The Social Dimensions of Saudi Vision 2030: A Paradigm Shift. Brasília: International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/eng/OP361_The_social_dimensions_of_Saudi_ Vision_2030_a_paradigm_shift.pdf>.