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.
  • 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 is being designed to improve the Haitian Deprivation and Vulnerability Index and the framework for the shock response mechanism for the department of Grande Anse is in the process of being developed. Furthermore, a policy paper will focus on compiling relevant sources of information (including population density grid, distance to key public services, building precariousness, job accessibility, land use, flood risk, built-up area and growth, violent events) to develop a vulnerability indicator for urban areas in the metropolitan Port-au-Prince area. A mapping exercise is also being prepared to categorize neighborhoods according to the aforementioned indicators and to estimate levels of population potentially in need for assistance in those areas as well as identify option for delivery of assistance. This policy paper will be available in December 2021. All the data and maps produced for this activity will be added to the “Haitidata” platform, developed under the Caribbean RRB Facility Building Physical, Fiscal and Inclusive Resilience in Haiti project.

Partnerships and Coordination

This project is being 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. Analytical work is being fully coordinated with the Government, but also donors (EU, ECHO, IDB, USAID, SDC), UN agencies (WFP, UNDP), as well as NGOs (CRS, ACTED).