Five years into the Syria crisis, Jordan is hosting more than 650,000 registered Syrian refugees. The humanitarian and development sectors have mounted a large-scale and laudable effort to meet the needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan. The UNHCR-UNICEF cash assistance programme is one such response.
The ODI Social Development team have been commissioned by UNHCR and UNICEF to carry out a social assessment of the effects of this cash assistance on the multi-dimensional vulnerabilities of Syrian refugees in host communities in Jordan. It had four objectives: (1) to evaluate beneficiary spending patterns and their impact on family well-being; (2) to evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of UNHCR’s cash assistance and the UNICEF Child Cash Grant (CCG); (3) to evaluate the complementarity of (as well as gaps in) programming by UNICEF, UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP) in targeting the most vulnerable groups; and (4) to provide feedback on monitoring and data analysis processes.
In partnership with King Hussein Foundation Information and Research Centre of the King Hussein Foundation, a literature review was conducted, followed by qualitative and quantitative surveys with beneficiaries of cash assistance in Amman, Irbid, Zarqa and Mafraq.