Last updated: 11/6/2021

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To improve the welfare of poor households. 

Programme components
Food vouchers and training are provided to beneficiaries in addition to the cash benefit.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “Poverty Benefit Scheme”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/poverty-benefit-scheme-pbs.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Start date
2013
References
Fiji Government. 2014. “POVERTY BENEFIT SCHEME ENSURES OBJECTIVITY IN SELECTION CRITERIA”. The Fijian Government website. <http://www.fiji.gov.fj/Media-Center/Press-Releases/POVERTY-BENEFIT-SCHEME-ENSURES-OBJECTIVITY-IN-SELE.aspx>. Accessed 19 November 2018. Mansur, Aisha, Jesse Doyle, and Oleksiy Ivaschenko. 2017. “Social Protection and Humanitarian Assistance Nexus for Disaster Response: Lessons Learnt from Fiji’s Tropical Cyclone Winston”. Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper No. 1701. Washington D.C.: World Bank.
Previous programme name (if any)
Family Assistance Programme
Conditionalities (if any)
The head of the household must declare the number of able-bodied persons in the household so they can be identified for skills training.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “Poverty Benefit Scheme”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/poverty-benefit-scheme-pbs.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Coverage
18,093 (2014); 23,793 (2016); and 25,259 (2017).
References
Personal communication.
Programme expenditure
FJD 22 million (2014); FJD23.2 million (2016-2017); FJD38.1 million (2017-2018).
References
Personal communication.

Targeting and egiblity

Targeting methods
Proxy Means Test
References
Mansur, Aisha, Jesse Doyle, and Oleksiy Ivaschenko. 2017. “Social Protection and Humanitarian Assistance Nexus for Disaster Response: Lessons Learnt from Fiji’s Tropical Cyclone Winston”. Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper No. 1701. Washington D.C.: World Bank.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Poor households
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “Poverty Benefit Scheme”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/poverty-benefit-scheme-pbs.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Eligibility criteria
Applicants must meet the requirements in their score card (related to assets, land ownership, and household items) developed by the Department of Social Welfare. They must also agree to home visitations by social welfare officers.
References
Personal communication.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
Each household can remain in this programme for a maximum of three years. During this period, able-bodied individuals in the household shall be identified for skills training under the ‘Graduation’ programme.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash and food voucher.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “Poverty Benefit Scheme”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/poverty-benefit-scheme-pbs.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Amount of benefits
Benefits vary from FJD35 to FJD127 per household, plus a FJD50 food voucher per household.
References
Fatiaki, Rupeni. 2016. “Financing ASP. Fiji’s Case – TC Winston in 2016. Financial Tools and Approaches for Shock-responsive Safety Nets”. Presentation at the South-South Learning Forum 2018, Frankfurt, Germany. <http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/107461520537560119/SSLF18-Financing-ASP-Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “Poverty Benefit Scheme”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/poverty-benefit-scheme-pbs.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Benefit delivery mechanism
The cash amount is paid directly to the bank account of the beneficiary. [3] Food vouchers can be redeemed at post offices/postal agencies.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “Social welfare: other assistance”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/other-assistance.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Benefit recipients
Heads of household or spouses, as determined by the family.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Up to 3 years
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “Poverty Benefit Scheme”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/poverty-benefit-scheme-pbs.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Every applicant is visited by welfare officers to determine eligibility. Monitoring is conducted by welfare officers.
References
Personal communication.