Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Children, Elderly persons, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The benefit aims to diminish families’ exposure to risks and enhance their capacity to manage economic and social risks in case the family breadwinner is declared missing

Legal framework: Social Insurance Law no. 38 (1995) 

References
Government of Qatar. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Hukoomi-Qatar e-government portal. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://goo.gl/8Vxy2Q>. Government of Qatar. 1995. Decree no. 38 of 1995, Law on Social Security. Doha: Government of Qatar. Accessed 27 July 2017. <http://www.gcc-legal.org/LawAsPDF. aspx?opt&country=3&LawID=2708>. In Arabic
Programme components
1. Social insurance for divorcees; Social insurance payment for families; 2. Social insurance for families of missing persons; 3. Social insurance for abandoned wives; 4. Social insurance for widows; 5. Special needs allowance; 6. Incapacity benefit; 8. Orphans benefit; 9. Old-age and incapacity benefit
References
Government of Qatar. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Hukoomi-Qatar e-government portal. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://goo.gl/8Vxy2Q>.
Start date
1995
References
Government of Qatar. 1995. Decree no. 38 of 1995, Law on Social Security. Doha: Government of Qatar. Accessed 27 July 2017. <http://www.gcc-legal.org/LawAsPDF. aspx?opt&country=3&LawID=2708>. In Arabic.
Coverage
1. 1,695 households in 2009; 5. 1,037 in 2009; 6. 2,503 in 2009; 9. 817 in 2009
References
Evans, M., T.P. Chung, P. Powell-Davis, B. Serhan, and A. Al-Khalaqi. 2009. Promoting QNV 2030’s Vision of a Good Society: Towards a Social Policy for Qatar. Doha: General Secretariat for Development Planning. Accessed 26 July 2017. <http://www.mdps. gov.qa/en/knowledge/Doc/Studies/Promoting_QNV2030_Vision_of_a_Good_Society_ Towards_a_Social_Policy_for_Qatar_2009_EN.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
Source of funding: Government of Qatar
References
Government of Qatar. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Hukoomi-Qatar e-government portal. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://goo.gl/8Vxy2Q>

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
References
Evans, M., T.P. Chung, P. Powell-Davis, B. Serhan, and A. Al-Khalaqi. 2009. Promoting QNV 2030’s Vision of a Good Society: Towards a Social Policy for Qatar. Doha: General Secretariat for Development Planning. Accessed 26 July 2017. <http://www.mdps. gov.qa/en/knowledge/Doc/Studies/Promoting_QNV2030_Vision_of_a_Good_Society_ Towards_a_Social_Policy_for_Qatar_2009_EN.pdf>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
1. Women who have been divorced, have not remarried and have insufficient income; 2. Families in need without sufficient income; 3. Families without a breadwinner, without sufficient income; 4. Abandoned wives without sufficient income; 5. Widows without sufficient income; 6. Individuals with a disability; 7. Citizens aged 18–60 years who are prevented from taking up employment due to a chronic illness; 8. Orphans and children of unknown parenthood under the age of 18 and without sufficient income; 9. Elderly citizens above the age of 60 and without sufficient income
References
Government of Qatar. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Hukoomi-Qatar e-government portal. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://goo.gl/8Vxy2Q>.
Eligibility criteria
1. Women must produce proof of being divorced; 2. Households must produce proof of not having sufficient income; 3. Head of household must be declared missing; 4. Women must be declared by a court of law to have been abandoned by their husbands; 5. Women must produce proof of widowhood; 6. Individuals must produce proof of suffering from a disability; 7. Individuals must produce proof of suffering from a chronic illness; 8. Individuals must produce proof of being orphaned; 9. Individuals must produce proof of being over 60 years of age
References
Government of Qatar. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Hukoomi-Qatar e-government portal. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://goo.gl/8Vxy2Q>.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
Social assessment review at least once a year
References
Government of Qatar. 1995. Decree no. 38 of 1995, Law on Social Security. Doha: Government of Qatar. Accessed 27 July 2017. <http://www.gcc-legal.org/LawAsPDF. aspx?opt&country=3&LawID=2708>. In Arabic

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
References
Government of Qatar. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Hukoomi-Qatar e-government portal. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://goo.gl/8Vxy2Q>.
Amount of benefits
1. QAR6,000; 2. QAR6,000; additional benefits: QAR2,000 per wife, QAR1,000 per child; 3. QAR6,000; additional benefits: QAR1,000 per child; 4. QAR6,000 5. QAR6,000; 6. QAR6,000; additional benefits: QAR2,000 per wife, QAR1,000 per child; special allowance of QAR1,500 to employ domestic workers if they do not receive state care; 7. QAR4,000; special allowance of QAR1,500 to employ domestic workers if they do not receive state care 8. QAR3,000 each for orphans under the age of 17; QAR6,000 each for orphans above the age of 17; 9. QAR6,000 per husband, QAR2,000 per wife, QAR1,000 per child
References
Government of Qatar. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Hukoomi-Qatar e-government portal. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://goo.gl/8Vxy2Q>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Government of Qatar. 2017. “Social Assistance.” Hukoomi-Qatar e-government portal. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://goo.gl/8Vxy2Q>.
Benefit recipients
Main beneficiary or representative
References
Government of Qatar. 1995. Decree no. 38 of 1995, Law on Social Security. Doha: Government of Qatar. Accessed 27 July 2017. <http://www.gcc-legal.org/LawAsPDF. aspx?opt&country=3&LawID=2708>. In Arabic.