Since 2008, CARE has been complementing the work of UNHCR by providing emergency, one off payments to Iraqi refugees and other vulnerable families to cover specific needs that fall outside the scope of available assistance packages. In 2011 CARE extended this assistance to include vulnerable Syrian families.
The aim of the facility is to address urgent needs, including: costs for newly arrived refugees waiting for assessment and inclusion in other assistance packages, protection cases, those living in unsafe housing or threatened with eviction, legal support (e.g. accessing documents held against debts), urgent medical costs not covered by health providers (agreed in coordination with health NGOs). The amount provided to each case ranges from $350 - $750. The average amount is $400.
Cases are assessed by a case manager; If they meet the criteria for cash assistance the supervisor issues a voucher that the beneficiary can exchange for cash at an exchange bureau. The system and provider are already in place for the current project. Case managers follow up a sample of cases over the course of the project to review their progress and assess the benefits of the cash provided.
CARE follows a strict set of criteria developed in collaboration with UNHCR when making assessments for the provision of emergency cash. UNHCR is the major source for referral cases and has fully supported CARE in the implementation and monitoring of this assistance to the most needy families.
Kevin Fitzcharles CARE Egypt & Jordan Country Director