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

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This project aimed 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.




Middle East and North Africa


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 included, for both the Federal Level and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI):

  1. Assessment of and advice on the design and delivery system of the current SSN
  2. Design of a scalable cash transfer programme for women and children from poor households
  3. Ad-hoc technical advice (including advice on specific tools and technical assistance for the preparation and implementation of the programme)

For this, the IPC-IG developed the following activities:

  • Review of the proposed SSN Guidelines for KRI and presentation of recommendations
  • Literature review of social protection system and SSN (federal level and KRI)
  • IPC-IG Mission to Iraq (March 2022) to discuss design proposal of cash plus programme
  • Advocacy brief with the main priorities for the SSN reform in Iraq
  • Social Service Workforce mapping template and ToR
  • Child-sensitivity assessment of current SSN at the federal level and proposed SSN Guidelines in KRI
  • Design proposal for a cash plus programme (federal level and KRI)