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Lebanon: Trends in UNHCR Cash-Based Interventions: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic
By Imad Bou-Hamad Executive Brief The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the worst humanitarian crises of the century. Millions of Syrians displaced from their homes and live in challenging -- at times life-threatening -- circumstances. Lebanon hosts the second-largest population of Syrian refugees in the region, and the highest per capita population of refugees in the world. Since 2014, the UNHCR has been implementing cash-based interventions with the aim of alleviating the beneficiaries’ suffering and helping them fulfil their needs in a dignified manner. UNHCR Cash Assistance Programmes In August 2013, the Lebanese government authorized the commencement of humanitarian cash assistance programs to Syrian refugees via bank transfers. This led UNHCR to shift its distribution of in-kind relief items to cash assistance targeting the most vulnerable Syrian refugees across Lebanon. This revolutionary initiative gave beneficiaries the freedom to choose how to spend the money given to them, restoring their dignity, elevating their self-worth and adding value to the local economy. Two of UNHCR’s largest two cash-based interventions include: The Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance Programme (MCAP) The Winter Cash Assistance Programme (WinCAP). Both MCAP and WinCAP have strongly contributed to the well-being of the Syrian refugee community in Lebanon. UNHCR assisted about 33,000 families with the MCAP in Lebanon throughout 2017 and 2018 These families received a monthly transfer of US$ 175, redeemable at any ATM across the country. During the 2016-2017 winter season, UNHCR also provided over 173,000 Syrian refugee households with seasonal cash assistance to help families meet their basic needs. The most vulnerable households received US$ 147 per month for five months through cash transfers to e-cards. Households who were already receiving MCAP received a top-up of US$ 75 per month to cover additional needs that occur during the winter season.


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