Context and Objectives

Targeting households is a key step in the delivery of social protection benefits, allowing cash transfer providers (whether Government, donor or humanitarian stakeholders) to accurately identify vulnerable households in need of assistance in different contexts (including post disaster, urban, rural) to efficiently prioritize the distribution of assistance. 

The objective of this project is to build the evidence base on targeting options to identify and assist vulnerable households, including through the Haitian Deprivation and Vulnerability Index, with an emphasis on rural post-disaster contexts and urban settings not included in the social registry.

Main Activities

  • Assess the targeting accuracy of the Haitian Deprivation and Vulnerability Index and analysis of “shock” data in Grande Anse following the 2021 earthquake.
  • Target and prioritize rural cash transfer beneficiaries in disaster response contexts in the department of Grande Anse. 
  • Compile relevant sources of information to develop a vulnerability indicator for urban areas in the Metropolitan Port-au-Prince.


A household survey instrument was designed to improve the Haitian Deprivation and Vulnerability Index and the framework for the shock response mechanism for the department of Grande Anse. The survey will be implemented in early 2022 and will provide the data required for further analyses. In addition, a presentation on the initial framework for the shock-response mechanism was delivered by the World Bank on 11 November 2021 to 12 people including 4 women from the Haiti Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and WFP. 

Partnerships and Coordination 

This project is executed by the World Bank Latin America and Caribbean Social Protection and Jobs, DRM and Urban team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs. The analytical work is fully coordinated with the Government (MEF, MAST, MICT), and donors (EU, ECHO, IDB, USAID, SDC), UN agencies (WFP, UNDP), as well as NGOs (CRS, ACTED).

Which Areas of Engagement are covered by this grant?

Open Access to Risk Information
Resilient Cities
Resilience to Climate Change
Hydromet Services and Early Warning Systems
Resilient Recovery
Inclusive Disaster Risk Management and Gender Equality
Resilient Infrastructure
The Challenge Fund

Sendai Priorities

Priority 1Understanding disaster risk
Priority 2Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
Priority 3Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
Priority 4Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction