Programme objectives

To reduce vulnerability among ultra-poor, labour-constrained households.

Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
2009
References
First payments: 2009; Official launch: 2010. Reference: UNICEF, European Union and Government of Liberia. 2012. Transformative Transfers: Evidence from Liberia’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unicef.org/liberia/Transformative_Transfers_LiberiaCashTransferProgramme.pdf>.
Programme components
Cash transfer, and social support services, such as promotion of education and adequate nutrition, and birth registration.
References
UNICEF. 2013. UNICEF Annual Report 2013 – Liberia. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unicef.org/about/annualreport/files/Liberia_COAR_2013.pdf>.
Conditionalities (if any)
 
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Proxy Means Test
Geographical Targeting
Targeted areas
Bomi and Maryland counties.
References
UNICEF, European Union and Government of Liberia. 2012. Transformative Transfers: Evidence from Liberia’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unicef.org/liberia/Transformative_Transfers_LiberiaCashTransferProgramme.pdf>. UNICEF. 2013. UNICEF Annual Report 2013 – Liberia. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unicef.org/about/annualreport/files/Liberia_COAR_2013.pdf>.
Target groups
Labour-constrained and extremely poor households.
Eligibility criteria
Eligible households were both extremely poor (as measured by their level of material assets, alternative resources and access to food) and labour-constrained, with a dependency ratio equal to or greater than three to one.
References
UNICEF, European Union and Government of Liberia. 2012. Transformative Transfers: Evidence from Liberia’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
Monitors from the SCT Secretariat and community leaders were responsible for verifying and correcting beneficiary lists.
References
UNICEF, European Union and Government of Liberia. 2012. Transformative Transfers: Evidence from Liberia’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015.
Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
1-person household: LRD700 (USD10) 2-person Household: LRD1,050 (USD15) 3-person Household: LRD1,400 (USD20) 4-person (or more) household: LRD1,750 (USD25) Plus: LRD150 (USD2) for each child in primary school LRD300 (USD4) for each child in secondary school
References
UNICEF, European Union and Government of Liberia. 2012. Transformative Transfers: Evidence from Liberia’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
Benefit delivery mechanism
Payments were administered by EcoBank through designated distribution points throughout both counties and overseen by the SCT Secretariat. In 2014, beneficiaries in the central urban centres (Tubmanburg City, Harper and Pleebo) were paid through Mobile Money, a facility that enables payment through mobile phones.
References
UNICEF, European Union and Government of Liberia. 2012. Transformative Transfers: Evidence from Liberia’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015.
Benefit recipients
Heads of households
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The programme allows retargeting and possible graduation after each two-year period.
Coverage
Approximately 3,798 households or 19,000 individuals (2014).
Programme expenditure
Approximately EUR4 million
Institutions and agencies involved
Government of Liberia (Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection); UNICEF and the European Union provided funding up to 2014, and the World Bank is providing additional funds to this programme up to March 2016.
References
UNICEF, European Union and Government of Liberia. 2012. Transformative Transfers: Evidence from Liberia’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
An external mid-term evaluation was commissioned by the Government of Liberia and UNICEF and carried out by the Centre for Global Health and Development (CGHD) at Boston University. An end-of-programme external evaluation was conducted by Suba Belle and Associates (SBA) in August 2015.
References
UNICEF, European Union and Government of Liberia. 2012. Transformative Transfers: Evidence from Liberia’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Monrovia: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015.