Programme objectives

To ensure that dependent children are cared for and not deprived of their right to education, health and other basic needs. 

Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
2008
References
Personal communication.
Programme components
In addition to the cash benefits, food vouchers are also provided.
References
Personal communication.
Conditionalities (if any)
Children must be enrolled and attending school.
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Target groups
Children from struggling households who live in difficult circumstances
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Eligibility criteria
The following groups of children are eligible: children of single mothers, deserted spouses, widows and prisoners’ dependents living in or on verge of destitution and with no source of income, children under the care of the State; children in foster care or cared by a guardian.
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
Yearly.
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Type of benefits
Cash and food voucher
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Amount of benefits
The transfer value varies, up to a ceiling of FJD110 per family per month: • FJD25 to children not in school • FJD30 to children in primary school • FJD40 to children in secondary school • FJD60 to children with disabilities. Benefit levels were readjusted to a minimum of FJD29 and ceiling of FJD69 per child per month. Beneficiaries also receive food vouchers of FJD 50. Children in institutional residential care receive FJD120 per child per month
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018. Fatiaki, Rupeni. 2016. “Financing ASP. Fiji’s Case – TC Winston in 2016. Financial Tools and Approaches for Shock-responsive Safety Nets”. Presentation at the South-South Learning Forum 2018, Frankfurt, Germany. <http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/107461520537560119/SSLF18-Financing-ASP-Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018. Mansur, Aisha, Jesse Doyle, and Oleksiy Ivaschenko. 2017. “Social Protection and Humanitarian Assistance Nexus for Disaster Response: Lessons Learnt from Fiji’s Tropical Cyclone Winston”. Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper No. 1701. Washington D.C.: World Bank. <http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/143591490296944528/pdf/113710-NWP-PUBLIC-P159592-1701.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly.Food vouchers are valid for 60 days.
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018. Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “Social welfare: other assistance”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/other-assistance.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Bank transfer for the cash payments.2 The food voucher can be redeemed at post offices and postal agencies.
Benefit recipients
Parent/legal guardian of the child
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Programme guidelines specify a maximum duration of 5 years, though in practice beneficiaries stay in the programme for as long as they remain eligible.
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Coverage
Total number of children per year: 4,608 (2014); 3,398 (2016); and 4,696 (2017).
References
Personal communication.
Programme expenditure
FJD6,807,589 (2017/2018).
References
Personal communication.
Institutions and agencies involved
Department of Social Welfare (DSW)
References
UNICEF Pacific and Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2015. Child-sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance. Suva: United Nations Children’s Fund and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. <https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/Child-Sensitive_Social_Protection_in_Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Review is office-based, and information updates are carried out from the programme headquarters in Suva.
References
Personal communication.
Legal Framework
 
MIS
 
Stakeholder
Population Group
Children