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Emergency Cash Transfer Project

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UNICEF Yemen/2017/Gabreez
© UNICEF Yemen/2017/Gabreez

Why ECTP?

The enduring humanitarian crisis in Yemen is having a devastating toll, particularly on the most vulnerable members of society: children. There is wide recognition that assistance through emergency cash transfers is one of the most effective social safety nets in times of conflict. Cash transfer programmes are an appropriate, effective and flexible humanitarian response to support the most affected populations. It is also an approach rooted in human rights. Each family has unique needs for different goods and services, and these needs change throughout the time: sometimes they can be food, other times drinkable water, medical drugs or fees, malnutrition treatment, school uniforms or manuals. Unconditional cash assistance allows families to be the ones identifying their most pressing needs and their priorities, and to do so with dignity.

Who can benefit?

The project targets over 1.5 million beneficiary cases in all Yemen’s Governorates and districts, which correspond to over 9 million beneficiaries. All those registered as beneficiaries of the national cash transfer scheme implemented by the Social Welfare Fund are eligible to become ECTP beneficiaries provided they go through a thorough verification process to confirm their eligibility.

How are the cash transfers provided?

The project has been designed in such way that all those claiming to be beneficiaries must first go to verification sites to verify their identity against project’s beneficiary list. This allows us to ensure that the right families receive their cash benefit. Once their identity has been verified, beneficiaries can then go to payment sites and collect the cash. Throughout the implementation, facilitators maintain regular dialogues with local, formal and informal authorities to facilitate a smooth execution of project activities, and through them reach beneficiaries with all relevant information about the project. The programme has a national coverage with the flexibility to reach every beneficiary at their current location. During the cash distribution period, displaced beneficiaries can go to project sites closer to their current location for verification and payment. Outreach teams are also on the ground to serve elderly, people with disabilities and other beneficiaries in need of special support.

If throughout the process beneficiaries have any complaints, they can lodge them at the Grievances and Redressal sections or through a call centre that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (8003090). All cases are analysed and feedback is provided to the beneficiaries. In case a potential fraud is reported, the case is duly investigated by an independent organisation which is also responsible for monitoring the different processes for compliance with project’s procedures and regulations.

FAQ

Is the project a continuation of Social Welfare Fund?

The ECTP is not a continuation of Social Welfare Fund; it is an emergency response with the intention of reaching the most vulnerable families in Yemen and help them to cope with the current socio-economic crisis. It has its own verification, payment and grievances and redressal mechanism which are completely different from the ones used by Social Welfare Fund. However, given that the emergency required immediate action, there was no time to conduct research to identify eligible Yemenis and the project had to rely on a list of pre-identified beneficiaries who were already qualified as extremely vulnerable. The beneficiary list from the Social Welfare Fund was the list with the largest number of beneficiaries from all Yemen governorates and districts, hence was chosen as the basis for ECTP’s beneficiary list.

What documents are required to confirm the eligibility of a ECTP beneficiary?

All those registered in the Social Welfare Fund beneficiary list are eligible to become a ECTP beneficiary, if their identities can be verified through an identification document (ID).

If the beneficiary has a Social Welfare Fund Passbook with photo:

  1. New National ID OR
  2. Old National ID OR
  3. Electoral ID OR
  4. Passport OR
  5. Family Card OR
  6. Birth Certificate (acceptable only for primary beneficiaries), OR
  7. Marriage Certificate (acceptable only for primary beneficiaries), OR
  8. Student's Seat Number Card for the Final Exams of 9th or 12th Grade OR
  9. Disabled Care and Rehabilitation Fund ID Card
  10. An Amin/Aqil Letter with a photo, supplemented by a Community Validation of Identity Form.
If the beneficiary has a Social Welfare Fund Passbook with photo:
  1. New National ID OR
  2. Old National ID OR
  3. Electoral ID OR
  4. Passport OR
  5. Family Card OR
  6. An Amin/Aqil Letter with a photo, supplemented by a Community Validation of Identity Form.

What if beneficiaries do not have any of these required IDs?

A mechanism of community validation of identity is being implemented to support all beneficiaries whose IDs have been lost or damaged and hence are no longer valid. Community Validation teams are working in all Ozlas of the country to support beneficiaries meeting the eligibility criteria.

 

 
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