This Inter Agency Social Protection Assessments (ISPA) tool provides guidance on how to assess a payment mechanism for the delivery of cash or near-cash social protection (SP) transfers primarily targeted at poor and vulnerable populations.
It is designed for use by SP policy makers and practitioners working in lower- and middle- income countries seeking to improve payment delivery in existing programs or to establish a payment mechanism for a new program. The tool proposes three criteria for use in assessing the quality of SP payment delivery mechanisms: accessibility, robustness, and integration. These criteria can also be applied when designing a new payment delivery mechanism.
Like all ISPA tools, the Social Protection Payments tool includes four parts: