Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To provide social assistance to the poorest segments of Saudi Arabia.

Legal framework: Royal Decree no. M/45 of 2006 issuing the Social Security Law

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 Commissioner 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. 2006. Royal Decree no. M/45 issuing the Social Security Law. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.boe. gov.sa/ViewSystemDetails.aspx?lang=en&SystemID=187&VersionID=202>. In Arabic.
Programme components
Monthly cash transfers (a one-time transfer modality is also available); regular assistance for divorced/widowed women
Start date
2006
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 Commissioner for Human Rights. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ohchr.org/ EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session35/Documents/A_HRC_35_CRP_1_E.docx>.
Coverage
877,000 households: approximately 2.4 million individuals
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 Commissioner for Human Rights. Accessed 19 September 2017. <http://www.ohchr.org/ EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session35/Documents/A_HRC_35_CRP_1_E.docx>.
Programme expenditure
Source of funding Government resources, including zakat (levied taxes according to government rules) and returns on investments in social security funds
References
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2006. Royal Decree no. M/45 issuing the Social Security Law. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.boe. gov.sa/ViewSystemDetails.aspx?lang=en&SystemID=187&VersionID=202>. In Arabic.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
References
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2006. Royal Decree no. M/45 issuing the Social Security Law. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.boe. gov.sa/ViewSystemDetails.aspx?lang=en&SystemID=187&VersionID=202>. In Arabic
Target groups
Orphans (under the age of 18); people with disabilities; unsupported women; unsupported families (in case of death, divorce, absence, imprisonment or desertion of the breadwinner); elderly citizens over the age of 60 not entitled to retirement pensions; divorced and widowed women; all categories of beneficiary must report the absence of a financially capable supporter or sufficient means for living
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 Commissioner 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. 2006. Royal Decree no. M/45 issuing the Social Security Law. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.boe. gov.sa/ViewSystemDetails.aspx?lang=en&SystemID=187&VersionID=202>. In Arabic.
Eligibility criteria
Saudi citizens permanently residing in the country who are part of the specified targeted groups; an application must be submitted to the social security office in the jurisdiction where the applicant resides; non-Saudi households are not eligible for the programme; however, non-Saudi women married to Saudi citizens, widows of Saudi citizens with children and widows from non-Saudi husbands are eligible
References
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2006. Royal Decree no. M/45 issuing the Social Security Law. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.boe. gov.sa/ViewSystemDetails.aspx?lang=en&SystemID=187&VersionID=202>. In Arabic.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
According to Royal Decree no. M/45 of 2006 (Article 12), the Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible for periodical assessment of eligibility
References
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2006. Royal Decree no. M/45 issuing the Social Security Law. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.boe. gov.sa/ViewSystemDetails.aspx?lang=en&SystemID=187&VersionID=202>. In Arabic.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
The amount of the benefit varies according to the number of family members: SAR 5,000 is the maximum monthly amount, for a family of 15 individuals; SAR30,000 is the maximum one-time payment
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2006. Royal Decree no. M/45 issuing the Social Security Law. Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accessed 19 September 2017. <https://www.boe. gov.sa/ViewSystemDetails.aspx?lang=en&SystemID=187&VersionID=202>. In Arabic