Post-Distribution Monitoring of Cash-Based Intervention 2020
Other Household Survey [hh/oth]
UNHCR conducts post-distribution monitoring (PDM) on a regular basis for assistance activities in order to deepen its understanding of the impact these activities have on the persons the organization assists and provides protection to.
In Ukraine, UNHCR provides individual protection assistance in the following regions: Kyiv, Odesa, Zakarpattya (also covers Lviv) and Kharkiv regions. The UNHCR Cash-Based Interventions (CBI) support only vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers. The type of assistance vary depending on the needs and vulnerability of persons of concern.
the following types of CBI assistance that were provided to refugees and asylum-seekers by UNHCR and its Partners in Ukraine in 2020:
1. Supplementary assistance and newcomers' assistance
- Modality: voucher (Metro cards, a supermarket chain that partners with UNHCR)
- Available only in Kyiv and Odesa
- Description: Distribution of vouchers (Metro cards) for food and non-food items to refugees and asylum-seekers who meet established vulnerability criteria (newcomers, PoCs in need of supplementary food or hygiene due to medical condition). In 2020, 121 families residing in Kyiv and Odesa received voucher assistance at least once.
In 2020 UNHCR used Metro Cash&Carry (big supermarket chain) cards in the value of 500 UAH. However, due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions imposed by the government of Ukraine, UNHCR Ukraine has gradually shifted to provision of these types of assistance through other modalities. This PDM focused only on the cases processed through vouchers.
2. MSA (Monthly Subsistence Allowance)
- Modality: cash. OTC (over the counter)
- Available in Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv
Description: MSA (monthly subsistence allowance) aims to support the most vulnerable persons of concern. It is given based on the strict vulnerability criteria and cases are reviewed every four months at the MSA committee meetings, composed of partner social counselors, SMS and UNHCR. In 2020, 105 vulnerable families were covered by this type of support.
The amount of MSA is calculated based on the family size. It is in line with the recommendations of the Cash Working Group on assistance provision at 60% of subsistence level (3 774.62 UAH as of February 2020), which corresponds to MSA amount. Assistance per single person provided by UNHCR amounted to 2 400 UAH per month, proportionally increased depending on the number of household members.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Version 2.1: Edited, anonymous dataset for licensed distribution
The survey covered the following topics:
Type of received assistance, spending habits, extent to which assistance covers monthly expenses, additional sources of income, Assistance provision. Feedback and accountability, Delivery mechanisms.
Kyiv, Odesa, Zakarpattya (also covers Lviv) and Kharkiv regions
All recepients of cash-based assistance.
Producers and sponsors
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Based on the experience with the low response rate during the phone surveys in 2018 and 2019, and in order to ensure representativity, a complete enumeration of all recepients was attempted.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Telephone Interview [cati]
Data Collection Notes
UNHCR carried out telephone household survey based on a unified questionnaire. The PDM survey was conducted during October-November 2020 (delays are related to COVID implications) by a team of students and teachers4 trained by UNHCR Protection staff.
UN Refugee Agency
UNHCR (2020) Ukraine: Post Distribution Monitoring of Cash-Based Interventions - December 2020. UNHCR Microdata Library: https://microdata.unhcr.org
DDI Document ID
UN Refugee Agency
Documentation of the study
Development Economics Data Group
Metadata adapted for Microdata Library
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01: This metadata was downloaded from the UNHCR Microdata Library catalog (https://microdata.unhcr.org/index.php). The following two metadata fields were edited - Document and Survey ID.