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Northern Syria Survival Minimum Expenditure Basket: Guidance Document

2014 — By Cash Based Responses – Technical Working Group

The Survival Minimum Expenditure Basket (SMEB) outlines the minimum culturally-adjusted items for survival for a household in Syria for one month. The basket comprises the basic energy requirements of 2,100 kilocalories per person per day, fuel for cooking, and non-food items.

The attached guide has been designed for use by programme staff developing cash transfer programmes for northern Syria. While it does not set a standard value for the SMEB, a standardised methodology is recommended to ensure value of the basket is calculated as accurately as possibly for differing programme areas across northern Syria. A full explanation of how the tool was developed can be found in the guidance document.

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