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Seminar on the Social Assistance Reform Project and the hybrid means testing method

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On March 25, 2009, at the World Bank’s office in Kiev, a seminar devoted to the Social Assistance Reform Project (SARP) took place. Representatives of the World Bank, CASE Ukraine, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) and five local offices of labour and social protection (welfare offices) participated in the seminar.

The SARP is carried out by the Center for Social and Economic research CASE Ukraine and the MLSP under support of IBRD and SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). Its objective is to help the Government of Ukraine to increase efficiency of Ukraine’s social assistance system by better targeting of cash benefits and simplification of the procedure of the benefits provision.

During SARP implementation, several pilot projects in Luhansk, Mykolayiv, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi and Chernihiv oblasts are to be carried out. The objective of the pilot projects is to probe changes in mechanisms of social assistance provision and to reveal their social and economic impacts. Pilot projects that will be implemented include introducing uniform household means testing criteria for granting social assistance and improving the techniques of family aggregate income calculation; strengthening the institutional capacity of the public social inspectors; and improving interaction between welfare offices and employment centers in terms of record keeping, employment and skills upgrade of the able-to-work members of socially vulnerable families.

The main task of the seminar was to familiarize the representatives of the pilot welfare offices with the SARP and in particular with the hybrid means testing for granting social assistance which will be introduced during piloting. The World Bank representatives presented the results of their study on improving targeting social benefits in different countries and made recommendations for Ukraine. The representatives of CASE Ukraine reported on hybrid means testing method and its further implementation in the pilot welfare offices.

Hybrid Means Testing Pilot (ppt, 299.00Kb)

March 25, 2009