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UNHCR Lebanon: Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance Programme (MCAP) - Outcome Monitoring Report: Multi-purpose Cash Assistance to refugees of nationalities other than Syrian 2019

Countries: Iraq, Lebanon Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Background Throughout 2019, UNHCR was assisting, on average, around 1,600 refugee families of nationalities other than Syrian (Iraqi and others) each month through the multipurpose cash assistance programme (MCAP). Through this delivery of assistance, UNHCR aims to enable vulnerable refugee families to meet their most basic needs in a safe and dignified way. The cash programme is in line with the UNHCR basic needs approach, aiming to enable refugees increased access to services through enhanced socio-economic capacity.
By means of proxy means testing, an econometric model designed through data gathered during the annual vulnerability assessment of refugees (VARON), monthly expenditure is predicted for each refugee household. In this way the population of concern to UNHCR can be classified according to their poverty level. Households who live below a per capita monthly expenditure of US$ 176 are deemed to be living in poverty. These families are targeted for MCAP.
Assisted families are provided with an ATM card and respective PIN number through which they receive a monthly cash transfer equivalent to US$ 175. This cash transfer is calculated with the aim of complementing other sources of income including other types of assistance and any income from work. In this way, UNHCR supports poor families to have increased expenditures and live a dignified life.


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