Prior to the beginning of the crisis in March 2011, Palestine refugees were already among the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Syria, with 27 percent of the population estimated to be living below the poverty line of USD 2 per day and over 12 percent unable to meet their basic food needs. To assist the poor and vulnerable Palestine refugee population in Syria UNRWA implemented the Special Hardship Assistance Programme.
Beneficiaries have been receiving the cash assistance through different modalities since the onset of the crisis. The modalities were ATM cards, cash distributions at banks, cash distribution at Al Haram offices, and cash distribution at UNRWA offices. All these instruments have been find to be effective capable tyo reach palestinians refugees allowing them to smooth their instable financial situation. However the evaluation highlight the scarce sustainability of the project, impacting on staffing resources and preventing to deliver a high quality level of services.
Note: The evaluation covers the targeted cash assistance component of the Protecting Vulnerable Palestine Refugees during the period January 2012 to December 2013.