4 April 2022
Thousands of Lebanon’s poorest citizens on 18 March were instructed to collect the first cash payments from the long-awaited, World Bank funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) program.
This initial disbursement was made to households whose eligibility has been verified through in-person visits conducted by the World Food Programme (WFP). During the two-month registration period, over half a million households created an account on the government’s cash assistance platform, DAEM, of which 471,391 submitted complete applications. Just under 189,000 of those passed the inclusion criteria and will undergo verification.
The team behind IMPACT, Lebanon’s first e-governance platform, will make detailed information available in the coming days on the number of verified households, the amount of aid disbursed and the number of beneficiaries. The data will be located on the platform’s dedicated DAEM dashboard. The World Bank has, however, indicated that the ESSN program aims to target 147,000 “extremely poor” Lebanese households over one year. Those qualifying will benefit from a fixed amount of $25 per month, plus an additional $20 per registered household member (with a maximum of six beneficiaries per household). Education fees up to $300 for each student between 13 and 18 years old will also be covered for 87,000 students in the school year 2022/23.