‘Haddi’ (Next to me): An Integrated Child Grant Programme in Lebanon
The cash grant aims to support households to better cope with the socioeconomic shocks, limit cuts in spending on children, and stem the rise in negative-coping strategies. The short-term goal is to increase monthly expenditure, especially on children’s health and education, while the medium to long term goal is to reduce the reliance on negative coping strategies.
Haddi now reaches around 130,000 boys, girls, and women, regardless of nationality. The study adopts a quasi-experimental design, with a mixed-methods. The Difference-in-Difference is used to follow a recipient group and a non-recipient group at baseline, 6-months, 12-months, and at 18-months. This will allow to measure impact at different levels from short to long terms ones.
UNICEF Lebanon launched an multipurpose child grant programme – the Haddi Programme – to support some of the most vulnerable women and children cope with the deteriorating situation. The cash grant was provided to existing beneficiaries of UNICEF’s partners across the country with the aim to increase monthly expenditure and access to services, especially on children’s health and education.