Lebanon announces payment of cash transfers to extremely poor Lebanese households under AMAN – Lebanon
Beirut, March 14, 2022 – The Lebanese government today announced the launch of cash transfer payments to 150,000 extremely poor Lebanese households under the Bank-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) project. world, also known as AMAN. The program will provide approximately 680,000 people with a monthly transfer of USD 20 per household member (maximum 6 members per household), in addition to a lump sum of USD 25 per household. It will also cover the direct costs of schooling for 87,000 children aged 13 to 18 to prevent school dropout among extremely vulnerable households.
This emergency aid will provide urgent relief to extremely poor Lebanese households which for the past two and a half years have been under the pressure of a severe economic and financial crisis which has led to a sharp increase in poverty levels, inflation rates alarming signs and drastic cuts in the purchasing power of the inhabitants.
This announcement follows the completion of the launch of the registration process for Lebanese households on the DAEM Social Safety Net platform. Managed by IMPACT under the supervision of the Central Inspectorate, the platform enabled the registration and filtering of household requests according to the highest standards of transparency and efficiency. He also ensured continuous and timely communication of key developments and messages to the Lebanese people.
Of the total 583,000 households that registered on the platform, 200,000 households met the preliminary selection criteria for AMAN. Household verification visits to validate the eligibility of potential beneficiaries began on February 17. This verification process is managed by the World Food Program (WFP) and will continue until mid-June. Verification, eligibility determination and payments are currently taking place in parallel to ensure rapid delivery of aid. Payments to eligible households will be executed by WFP through local money transfer operators. All 150,000 households are expected to be covered by the end of June 2022 and payments will be made to all eligible households retroactively from January 2022 and for one year.
Most importantly, the ESSN initiated the process of building the underlying systems for a strong national social safety net in Lebanon. The DAEM platform has initiated the development of an integrated national social register that will allow Lebanon to face future shocks in a rapid, transparent and equitable manner. Such a national social register will create synergies between all social protection programs and reduce duplication. It will also help standardize implementation processes, reduce the cost of service delivery and increase program performance.
The World Bank is committed to the highest standards of transparency and anti-corruption in program implementation. An independent third party reviewer is being recruited to review implementation including registration, eligibility, verification, status and amounts of cash transfers and ensure payments reach end recipients planned. In addition, the project has a strong grievance mechanism in place to receive queries and complaints and deal with them quickly and efficiently.
The World Bank reiterates its call on Lebanese policymakers to adopt, urgently and quickly, an economic and financial recovery plan and to implement critical and long-awaited reforms in order to avoid a destruction of its social and economic networks and to put an end to the alarming crisis of loss of human capital.
In Washington :
Zeina El Khalil