Post-distribution monitoring of UNHCR cash assistance in Moldova – Round 1, May 2022 – Moldova


Presentation and methodology

As of May 27, 2022, a total of 6,659,220 people have arrived from Ukraine in neighboring countries. According to the latest government figures, the total influx of refugees from Ukraine to the Republic of Moldova is around 475,011 people since February 24.1 Among the refugees who fled to Moldova, 87,006 Ukrainian refugees and 3 643 third-country nationals remained in the country. .2

In response to the arrival of Ukrainian refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has set up multi-purpose cash distributions for refugee households, in collaboration with its partners Catholic Relief Services ( CRS), Caritas Moldova and Diaconia, and the United Nations United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).3 As of 7 June, more than 60,000 refugees had benefited from assistance consisting of a monthly cash allowance multi-purpose card of 2,200 Moldovan lei (MDL) per person (approximately US$115.75), equivalent to the Moldovan Minimum Consumption Basket.3,4 Eligible households receive a bank card from UNHCR’s partner bank, maib , which can be used free of charge for payments in supermarkets, local stores, pharmacies, etc. and for ATM withdrawals nationwide.
You can find more information about the eligibility criteria and the distribution process here.

As part of UNHCR’s efforts to monitor the quality of their service delivery and to ensure accountability to people of concern (PoC), IMPACT conducted post-distribution monitoring (PDM) of cash assistance from the UNHCR in Moldova. IMPACT interviewed a total of 134 refugee beneficiary households, randomly selected from UNHCR beneficiary lists, by telephone between 6 and 13 May 2022. The sample is representative of the population of refugee beneficiaries from Ukraine living in the country at the time of data collection at a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error. It included a safety margin of 40% due to the high mobility of the refugee population.

A minority of households surveyed had already received a second payment at the time of data collection, which may influence some of the results.

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