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  • 9/1/2007

    Beneficiary assessment

    The Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child (MSPFC) made public the qualitative reaserch “Beneficiary Assessment” performed in the context of reforming social assistance system launched by the Ministry. The new social assistance policy will provide targeted cash transfers and social services to the poorest and most vulnerable representatives of society. It aims at providing people with a safety net to prevent them from falling into, or deeper into, poverty and where possible a springboard that supports their efforts to move out of poverty.

    The aim of the Beneficiary Assessment was to understand the relationship between vulnerability and existing social assistance services providing information that will assist in the design and implementation of the social assistance policy framework.

    According to the Minister of Social Protection, Family and Child, Mrs. Galina Balmosh, the research was aimed not to produce statistical representative data (as is already provided by the Household Budget Survey), but rather to gain insights into the everyday experiences of poor people in order to understand the problems they face, the strategies they use to deal with these problems, and their experiences with social assistance and services. This helped us to understand how cash transfers and social assistance services can help those most in need, said the Minister. 

    The Beneficiary Assessment, which included both beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of social services and social transfers amongst the poor and vulnerable, was carried out in urban and rural communities in four raions across Moldova, with focus group discussions conducted with representatives of four different types of vulnerable group: the elderly, families with children at risk, disabled (or carers of disabled) and young people. In some cases an alternative fourth group comprised people aged 45-58 years who were not working but who had not yet retired.