Supporting the development of a comprehensive model for a child-sensitive cash transfer in Iraq

Start Date: Status: Ongoing

Description

This project aims to support the design, implementation and evaluation of an incentivized top up cash transfer within Iraq’s Social Safety Net SSN (Iraq’s national cash transfer program) with a focus on pregnant women, under-5 and school age children.

Partners

UNICEF Iraq

Region/Countries

Middle East and North Africa

Iraq

Main Pillar

Knowledge Production

Thematic Area

Social Protection

Other Thematic Areas

Social Protection

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 - No Poverty

Project Results

Assessment, policy design and technical advice

The support provided by the IPC-IG in the first phase of the project includes:

1.      Assessment of and advice on design and delivery system of the current SSN: Besides the assessment this includes advice on how the targeting mechanisms could be reformed as well as other areas that the national stakeholders deem relevant. 

2.      Design of a scalable cash transfer program for women and children from poor households: The design not only describes program characteristics but also its gradual expansion and M&E strategy. 

3.      Ad-hoc technical advice: In addition, the IPC-IG team also provides technical advice as requested. This can include advice on specific tools and technical assistance for the preparation and implementation of the scheme and needed tools (e.g. manuals, SOPs for case management, GRM) as well as demands that might come up during the implementation of the project.

Activities implemented in the final phase:

  1. Weekly meetings: The IPC-IG and UNICEF Iraq teams have had weekly meetings to discuss the work in progress and next steps and update about any important changes at both federal and KRI level.
  2. Review of the SSN Guidelines for KRI: It was provided a detailed review of the proposed SSN guidelines from a child-end equity lens, guided by good practices in other countries.
  3. Literature review: The IPC-IG team conducted a literature review of laws and regulatory frameworks, literature published by international organisations, reports published by Iraqi institutions such as the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Central Statistics Organisation, and finally news articles.
  4. IPC-IG Mission to Iraq: On March 2022, the IPC-IG team travelled to Iraq to meet UNICEF Iraq and discuss the reform process and priorities and to provide technical advice.
  5. Proposal for cash plus package: After the mission, it was proposed a cash plus on social protection that would focus on existing services in Iraq that have high impacts on child and adolescents’ development.
  6. Other assessments on future data.