Lebanon's Social Registry (DAEM): Transforming Cash Delivery for the Poor and Vulnerable

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This session had simultaneous interpretation to Arabic, French, and Spanish.

 

Talking interoperability is a dialogue series being convened by the Digital Convergence Initiative (DCI) to facilitate in-depth technical conversations around designing for interoperability in the social protection sector. By bringing together digital social protection and technology experts from government agencies, software vendors, system integrators and international organizations, it aims promote peer-based learning and problem solving through:

  • sharing the technical nitty-gritty of how agencies have designed their social protection information systems for interoperability.
  • understanding how agencies have tackled the major challenges to interoperability.
  • brainstorming potential solutions to remaining bottlenecks

The 15th DCI Talking Interoperability session showcased Lebanon to demonstrate how digitalization can support the efficient delivery of social protection even in challenging contexts.  Lebanon, facing multiple crises, took an exemplary approach and managed to initiate the establishment of a secure digital Social Registry (the DAEM).  Lebanon has suffered from decades of civil war and is facing the 3rd most severe financial and economic crises recorded in recent history with the influx of refugees constituting 25% of its population. The country is experiencing a rise in poverty and vulnerability due to multiple crises that began in late 2019. World Bank projections indicate that more than half of the population may have fallen below the poverty line in the past two years. This situation has been worsened by increased unemployment, reduced civil servants' salaries, and a large informal economy that lacks social protection. Driven to assist those in need, the country registered half of its population within 2 months and started to deliver cash to its poorest and the most vulnerable segments through the Emergency Social Safety Net Project.

 

Opening remarks: Lamine Fall, Technical Coordinator, Expertise France

Speakers:

Marie Louise Abou Jaoudeh, Director of the Central Management Unit, Presidency Council of Ministers (PCM) in Lebanon

Alex Sebit Michael, MIS Specialist at the Single Project Coordination Unit, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, South Sudan

Dr. Shreevyas H M, Project Director, Centre for e-Governance, Government of Karnataka, India

Closing remarks: Raúl Martín Garcés, Project Manager, International and Iberoamerican Foundation for Administration and Public Policies

Moderator: Janina Voss, Project Manager, GIZ

 

This was the fifteenth webinar of the "Talking interoperability" dialogue series organised by the Digital Convergence Initiative (DCI). These meetings aim to facilitate in-depth technical conversations around designing for interoperability in the social protection sector. By bringing together digital social protection and technology experts from government agencies, software vendors, system integrators, and international organisations, they aim to promote peer-based learning and problem solving.