|Overall project value (EUR)|
|€ 87 441|
|Origin of funding|
|Proportion carried out by legal entity|
|B&S Europe (FWC COM Lot 1)|
|Number of staff provided|
Detailed description of project Back
The Yemen Social Welfare Fund was established in 1996.In 2008 the GoY endorsed a new Social Welfare Law reorienting SWF’s objectives to make poverty the primary focus of assistance. The SWF’s cash transfer budget has grown from US$4 M at the outset to US$200 M in 2008/2009 covering roughly 1.05 M households (an additional 500,000 households was reportedly added to the SWF caseload in mid 2011 although the sustainability and the full budgetary implications of this increase are unclear at this stage).The maximum benefit provided to SWF beneficiaries is YR 4,000 (US$20) per case per month.The challenge for the GoY is to mobilise additional resources to sustainably phase in wait-listed poor beneficiaries (currently 500,000 HHs added in mid 2011) and phase out ineligible households (approx 270,000 HHs).
The European Union (EU), the World Bank (WB), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Yemen (EKN), and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) are providing support to the SWF.The EU has been supporting the SWF since 2002, focusing on policy reform and institutional capacity building to improve SWF’s effectiveness and efficiency.The Bank has been providing technical assistance since 2007, including the introduction of proxy means testing (PMT) to improve targeting.The Bank is also administering an EC-funded emergency cash transfer project (Enhancing Emergency Social Safety Nets EESSN – Euro 7.5 M) which provides temporary cash transfers to 41,000 poor households (US$20/month/household over 12 months which should be added to the GoY beneficiaries afterwards).EKN and DFID are providing cash transfers to another 30,000 HHs for a 12 month period under the same basis as the EU.An IDA-financed Institutional Support Project (US$10 million) is providing assistance to strengthen targeting and delivery capacity of the SWF.UNICEF is also providing technical assistance to improve SWF’s monitoring and evaluation capacity.
The delivering procedure of the SWF to reach the beneficiaries is mainly through the post offices network, which make effective the payments after validating the identity of the beneficiary. However, other means to reach beneficiaries are in place such as mobile cashiers and the CAC Bank and its branch offices.
Events in Yemen since early 2011 have led to the suspension of donor funding to SWF.Donor presence on the ground has also been significantly reduced which has limited the opportunities for donors to engage directly with SWF and monitor donor funded activities.The EU, WB, EKN and DFID are therefore commissioning a consultancy to update them on the present capacity and performance of SWF.This will inform present, and possibly future, donor programmes to SWF.
The global objective of this study is twofold: to asses the SWF’ actual working conditions, in order to provide to the donor community a monitoring report and a risk assessment of the delivering procedures of the organization.
The specific objectives are: 1) to assess the institutional capacity and administrative performance of SWF in Yemen, in particular the timely and full delivery of cash transfers to beneficiaries in a fragile context and fiduciary risk measures; and 2) to propose a remote monitoring mechanism appropriate for a fragile country context.
Type of services provided
PROMAN provides the full expert team consisting of 2 senior and 2 junior experts. Core services include:
PROMAN HQ provides overall backstopping and quality control.