Special Grant Transfer

In October, 2018 a scheduled mission conducted by the WB to review the progress made after the last restructuring revealed that the challenges were still visible. The progress of implementation remained moderate at 17% in November, 2018 to 19% in February 2019 regardless of the growth in disbursement with about $300 million still outstanding. Major limiting factors on the performance of the operation were attributed to limited government contribution to PWF which had substantial allocation of resources, slow take-off of the North East Initiative and dwindling commitment of State Governments to YESSO interventions.

The mission confirmed that given the current implementation status and the limiting issues, it is imperative to restructure the project again and reallocate the proceeds to ensure sustained acceleration of implementation progress and maintain possibility of achieving development objective. The major action areas proposed for the restructuring are:

  • Increasing allocation to SSR resources for expansion of State Social Registry in participating states and URB in North East.
  • Expanding the scope of grant transfers provided in the North East states by including special grants to other vulnerable population such as the poor elderly and disabled population, who are unable to participate in public works. The special grants to the elderly will also be extended to some of the other participating States (those with ongoing similar interventions).

Ramping up the numbers of households in the SR through use of CSO as parallel facilitators to SOCUs in the establishment of SR will be advantageous for additional support for other categories of vulnerable individuals. Similarly, given absence of organized relocation back to communities or safer environment, relocation, resettlement and recovery grants (2nd, 3rd and 4th payment) has necessitated the introduction of additional support. It is envisioned that the Special Grant Transfer for individuals who are unable to participate in the existing public workfare will avail them opportunities for enhanced consumption and improved health. Their participation will also increase the number of HH/individuals benefiting from the program with increased consumption and improved health before the June 30, 2020 closure. 

Beneficiaries will be mined from both URB registers in the North East and from Single Registers from selected participating states.

The Special Grant Transfer (SGT) is cash support to aged (who are 65 years and above) and physically challenged persons to be paid at the beginning of every quarter for a period of 12 months. All physically challenged and aged  are eligible for all the four transfers to enhance consumption and improved health as long as they are unable to participate in PWF or S4J in their locality. 

The YESSO-AF aligns with the systems building approach adopted by the parent YESSO which recognizes the need for a clear and unambiguous mechanism for targeting, identifying and registering households. For SGT, enrollment of beneficiaries is done through coordinated mechanism where individuals will be notified, sensitized and registered to be on the program.

The SGT sub component of the TGT is currently being test run in 11 states for now they are, the six North East states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe, and Ekiti,Kwara,Niger,Osun, Ondo. The payment to the elderly and physically challenged persons are also similar to that of TGT which was paid quarterly over a period of 12 months.

Table of SGT Payment Plan:



At commencement Sept. 30th, 2019

Aged (65+) & Physically hallenged



3 months later Dec. 15th, 2019

 Aged (65+) & Physically challenged



After 3 months in March 15th 2020

 Aged (65+) & Physically challenged



3rd months from  last transfer June 15th , 2020

 Aged (65+) & Physically challenged