Jordan’s National Aid Fund (NAF), the European Union and UNICEF have launched a new partnership aimed at strengthening the national social protection system for the wellbeing of the most disadvantaged children in the country.
“I’m very happy to see so many partners gathered today as social protection for children in Jordan is a priority for all,” said Minister of Social Development Hala Lattouf, speaking at the launch event. “Social issues need time. There’s no magic wand. We need longer term partnerships and we are grateful to UNICEF and the EU for their continued support.”
Funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the Madad Fund), the NAF-UNICEF project (titled ‘Institutional strengthening of NAF and child cash grant for the most vulnerable children in Jordan’) includes a new child cash grant programme for most vulnerable Jordanian children.
The joint project also aims at strengthening NAF’s monitoring and evaluation systems, enhancing its staff capacities, reviewing the cash assistance targeting system and its impact on children and adolescents, and updating the ICT system to introduce technology for payment systems for cash transfers to disadvantaged Jordanian families with children.
For the child cash grant component of the project, the NAF has specifically prioritised the most vulnerable families with children who are living below the national poverty line of JOD 68 per person per month. These children are also at risk of dropping out of school and will receive integrated social protection and education services to support their education.
Based on the current available funding, the project will initially support 1,000 families with at least two children aged 6-18 with the highest deprivation scores.