“Min Ila” Cash Transfer Program for Displaced Syrian Children in Lebanon (UNICEF and WFP)
Min Ila improved children’s food consumption and physical health, lowered child engagement in work for the household, improved indicators of children’s well-being and increased school attendance.
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In the 2016–17 school year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) in Lebanon, started to pilot a child-focused cash transfer program for displaced Syrian children in Lebanon.
Min Ila was designed to address income-related barriers to school participation, including limited means to incur school-related expenditures and reliance on children for income generation. The program was implemented alongside existing education interventions addressing non-income constraints on enrolment and attendance, including a fee waiver for all children enrolled in public primary school (1st and 2nd shift), provision of stationary and bags, and investments in supply and quality.
For the 2017–18 school year, the program has expanded into the governorate of North Lebanon and the benefit level has been altered. There is no variation in the amount of the necessary monthly transfers provided to children enrolled in a second-shift school.
Min Ila improved children’s food consumption and their physical health, lowered child engagement in work for the household, improved indicators of children’s subjective well-being and increased school attendance at midline.
This report is an impact evaluation with primary objectives and provides evidence on the effectiveness of the program that can both feed into broader policy discussions and global learning, and not necessarily to give recommendations on program implementation.