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Profiling of caseload in need of cash-based interventions Results

2017 — By Giuseppe Simeon, Vincent Ricouart, Megan Walden

At the request of the Inter Sector Working Group in Gaziantep, the Case Management Task Force and the Protection Working Group, the Cash-Based Interventions Technical Working Group (CBI TWG) produced this “Cash Gap Analysis”. The analysis aimed to profile the refugee population in Turkey who require cash assistance to meet their basic needs and, in the absence of such assistance, may face heightened vulnerability to certain protection issues (e.g. child labour, early marriage, etc.).

The findings are intended to inform programming and ways forward to ensure that all Syrian and non-Syrian refugees in Turkey are able to meet their basic needs and are not forced to resort to negative coping mechanisms which heighten protection risks. While definitions might vary, the term “Basic needs” can be summarized as including access to basic services and assistance in health, nutrition, WASH, food, shelter, energy, education, as well as domestic items. In some cases, it might also encompass specialized services for people with specific needs.

A central aspect of the analysis was consideration of available data on the refugee population against the current demographic targeting criteria of the Emergency Social Safety Net Programme for Turkey (ESSN). Some likely adjustments to the targeting criteria were communicated by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) in April 2017 and, with the modified criteria in the final stages of approval, a limited number of the tables / graphs set out in this report have been updated to reflect the anticipated changes.

In total, 11 organizations shared anonymized household (HH) data sets for this exercise, providing unprecedented access to a database of over 137,000 refugee households (although as not all of the datasets “spoke” to one another, some aspects of analysis had to rely on a smaller sample). On behalf of the CBI-TWG, UNHCR’s Data Management Unit and UNHCR’s Information Management Unit undertook the analysis and the UNHCR Cash Based Interventions Unit coordinated inputs and prepared the draft narrative; however, all CBI-TWG members reviewed and endorsed the final report.