Sadiya Farouk, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, says the ministry has commenced cash transfer to poorest households in the country to cushion effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
The money would be spent on the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of the administration to support the poor.
AIM – The Household Uplifting Programme (HUP) otherwise known as the Conditional Cash Transfer aims at responding to deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital of poor and vulnerable households. The Programme focuses on the poor and vulnerable households in Nigeria as identified through a combination of geographic and community-based targeting mechanisms. The identified household’s socioeconomic data is subjected to Proxy Means Testing (PMT) for ranking the poor and vulnerable in the National Social Register (NSR).
COLLATION OF BENEFICIARIES DATA
The Cash Transfer component is given to selected poorest & most vulnerable household in order to enhance their consumption level.
These households are all registered in a national social register.
Data of beneficiaries are mined from the National Social Registry (NSR) of Poor and Vulnerable people.
Members of selected Households agree on who is the caregiver and alternate without interference of NCTO, SCTU or CTFs.
Cash Transfer Facilitators (CTFs) collects caregivers and alternates data (names and NSR numbers) using a template provided.
The list of poor and vulnerable households is dis-aggregated by community and disclosed the list at the community level.
Beneficiaries data are entered into the system by State Offices and shares with NCTO for confirmation.
Beneficiaries are sensitized as to the purpose and objective of the cash transfer program and the role of each stakeholder in the project cycle.
HUP has a slogan “Beta Don Come” (meaning better things have arrived) and aims to support development objectives and priorities to achieve specific outcomes as outlined below:
Improved household consumption.
Increase in utilization of health and nutrition services
Improved school enrollment and attendance.
Improved environmental sanitation and management.
Beneficiaries engaged in sustainable livelihood.
The Household Uplifting Programme is designed to deliver timely and accessible cash transfers to beneficiary households. The first type of transfer will be given to all eligible households selected from the NSR, while the second type of transfer (top-up) will be given to a subset of the recipients of the first (CCT), upon fulfilling certain conditions.
One of the major activities of the programme is to facilitate the transfer of N5,000 per month to beneficiaries, which is paid on bi-monthly bases (every two months). The payment is given to all eligible households selected from the National Social Register (NSR). The second type of transfer known as top-up (additional five thousand also given bi-monthly) is given to a subset of the recipients of the first type of transfer, upon fulfilling certain conditions.
Conditional Cash Transfers
The Conditional Cash Transfer supports the poor and vulnerable with N5,000 (Five Thousand Naira) per month, to improve consumption, with the aim of reducing poverty, preventing the vulnerable households from falling further down the poverty line and building their resilience to withstand shocks.
Top-up Cash Transfer
The Top-up Cash Transfer incorporates benefits linked to the participation of selected households in activities focused on human capital and sustainable development.