Improving Access to Poverty Targeted Social Assistance and Special Social Services

Improving Access to Poverty Targeted Social Assistance and Special Social Services

Семья за чертой бедности
UNICEF/2014/Giacomo Pirozzi

Highlights

Poverty-targeted social assistance:

In the poorest areas of Mangystau and Kyzylorda oblasts and of Astana city, there is limited awareness of poverty-targeted social assistance and of information about it, including on eligibility criteria and the application process. • Restrictive eligibility rules mean that low-income households are unable to benefit from poverty-targeted social assistance. The research findings highlighted the need to raise the income eligibility threshold and update the means testing approach.

 Onerous documentation requirements deter people from applying and can delay the receipt of benefits by those who do apply. The process of document issuance could be simplified and the design and coordination of social assistance and employment activation policies improved.

Author

Lucy Scott, Jojina Sturge and Babken Babajanian

Publication date

Languages

Russian,
Kazakh,
English

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