Programme objectives

To increase the resilience and social inclusion of families of children with complex disabilities; to strengthen capacity development interventions accompanying the cash transfer programme aimed at sustaining and strengthening the social protection system which existed before the conflict

References
UNICEF. 2017. Resilience development for the most vulnerable children in Syria: promoting cash transfers and social protection integrated services. Damascus: United Nations Children’s Fund Syria. Internal archives
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
2016
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication.
Programme components
Cash transfers to families of eligible children; provision of case management support through the involvement of trained social workers (hired through NGOs, in coordination with Departments of Social Affairs and Labour)
References
UNICEF. 2017. Resilience development for the most vulnerable children in Syria: promoting cash transfers and social protection integrated services. Damascus: United Nations Children’s Fund Syria. Internal archives.
Conditionalities (if any)
 
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Geographical Targeting
References
Categorical: children with complex disabilities, verified through presentation of medical certificates (no functional assessment is implemented currently) Geographical: in selected governorates, related to a combination of factors, including identified vulnerabilities in the early livelihood and recovery sector; high percentage of displaced people; relatively stable operating environment; interest of local counterparts; and assessed presence of NGOs that could be involved as implementing partners Reference: UNICEF. 2017. Resilience development for the most vulnerable children in Syria: promoting cash transfers and social protection integrated services. Damascus: United Nations Children’s Fund Syria. Internal archives.
Targeted areas
Selected governorates: Aleppo, Lattakia; expansion planned in Tartous and rural Damascus
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication
Target groups
Children with complex disabilities (cerebral palsy; paraplegia; quadriplegia; Down syndrome; autism; profound, severe or moderate ‘mental retardation’)
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication
Eligibility criteria
Specific types of disabilities (as per medical certificate); aged 0–17 years
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Cash
References
UNICEF. 2017. Resilience development for the most vulnerable children in Syria: promoting cash transfers and social protection integrated services. Damascus: United Nations Children’s Fund Syria. Internal archives
Amount of benefits
USD40 per eligible child per month
References
UNICEF. 2017. Resilience development for the most vulnerable children in Syria: promoting cash transfers and social protection integrated services. Damascus: United Nations Children’s Fund Syria. Internal archives.
Payment/delivery frequency
Bi-monthly
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Through money transfer facilities (Al Haram)
References
UNICEF. 2017. Resilience development for the most vulnerable children in Syria: promoting cash transfers and social protection integrated services. Damascus: United Nations Children’s Fund Syria. Internal archives.
Benefit recipients
Appointed caregiver
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
12 months (to be extended depending on the availability of funds)
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication.
Coverage
4,500 children in Aleppo and 1,550 in Lattakia
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication.
Programme expenditure
At present around USD2.5 million for Aleppo, including the involvement of NGOs, and monitoring and evaluation; additional funds allocated for the planned expansion, not yet disbursed. Source of funding: UNICEF (donors)
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication.
Institutions and agencies involved
UNICEF; Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MoSAL); Directorate of Social Affairs (DoSA); Coordination and oversight: MoSAL helps identify NGOs, and social workers from DoSA are trained together with NGOs on case management; Implementation: national NGOs and private money cash transfer facilities
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Biannual post-distribution monitoring (not initiated) targeting 10 per cent of beneficiaries; consumption analysis targeting 1 per cent of beneficiaries MIS:Disability registrar, at the moment not updated
References
UNICEF Syria. 2017. Personal communication. UNICEF. 2017. Resilience development for the most vulnerable children in Syria: promoting cash transfers and social protection integrated services. Damascus: United Nations Children’s Fund Syria. Internal archives.