Social Safety Net System Project (WB-P167101)

Countries
  • Lebanon
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Proposed
Bank Risk Rating
B
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Voting Date
Nov 29, 2019
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Borrower
Government of Lebbanon, Ministry of Finance
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 300.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 400.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Feb 13, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Dec 5, 2018


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Project Description

According to bank documents, the project objective is to provide income support and improve access to social services for poor and vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees, increase employment opportunities for the extreme poor Lebanese, and develop the building blocks of Lebanon’s Social Safety Net (SSN) system.

The SSNSP is proposed as a multi-donor five-year program to provide income support and improve access to social services for poor and vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees, increase employment opportunities for poor Lebanese, and develop the building blocks of the SSN system. Specifically, the program will seek to: (i) scale-up the NPTP for extreme poor Lebanese; (ii) provide, subject to availability of funding, social assistance to Syrian refugees; (iii) improve access to and quality of social and services for all vulnerable populations; and (iv) establish the building blocks of a SSN system foR MoSA programs in Lebanon. It is anticipated that the project would benefit from concessional financing of US$400 million, through IBRD (US$300 million) and the Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF) (US$100 million) for Components 1, 3 and 4. SSNSP is also a candidate to benefit from IDA18 funding to cover Component 2, which directly targets refugees, with a tentative allocation of US$75 million. This would bring the total proposed funding to US$475 million.

The project is proposed to consist of the following components:

  1. Scale-up of the NPTP (estimated US$315 million) to provide income support and promote the livelihoods of the extreme poor Lebanese.
  2. Provision of social assistance to Syrian refugees, subject to availability of IDA 18 funding (estimated US$75 million). This objective of this component would be to complement humanitarian funding for Syrian refugees, and provide a select number of targeted Syrian refugee households with basic assistance. Specifically, this component would consider, based on available funding, the provision of food vouchers, and/or regular/seasonal multipurpose cash for targeted Syrian refugee households.
  3. Provision of quality social services for all vulnerable populations (estimated US$75 million). The objective of this component would be to increase access to quality social services which would help improve social cohesion among Lebanese and social stability between Lebanese and Syrian refugees. Services may include: livelihoods, child protection, Gender Based Violence (GBV), social care, disability services, psycho-social support, and communitybased interventions. Specifically, the component will finance:
  4. Development of the building blocks of a SSN system (estimated US$10 million)
Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

World Bank:
Haneen Ismail Sayed, Rene Antonio Leon Solano
Lead Operations Officer

Borrower:
Ministry of Finance

Implementing Agencies:
Ministry of Social Affairs
Abdallah Ahmad
Director General
a.h.ahmad@live.com 

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