How to Benefits from National Social Safety-net Coordinating Programme

National Social Safety-net Coordinating Programme

The National Social Safety-net Coordinating Programme is designed to ameliorate the hardship situation Nigerians faces daily in their different endeavours.

About National Social Safety-net Coordinating Programme 

The National Social Safety-Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO) was established in 2016 by the Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank to strengthen social safety nets and social protection system in Nigeria as a core strategy to help end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity. The core mandate of NASSCO therefore is to lay a strong foundation of rigorous and reliable evidence of poor and vulnerable households in Nigeria, by building a National Social Register (NSR), as well as coordinate, refine and integrate the social safety-net programs into social protection systems, while ensuring policy coherence.

Social safety-nets are part of broader social protection systems comprising non-contributory transfers in cash or in kind, designed to provide support for the poor and vulnerable. Social safety-nets play a number of important roles. For example, they help alleviate poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition; they contribute by reducing inequality and boosting shared prosperity; they support households in coping with shocks; they help build human capital and connect people to job opportunities; and they are an important factor in shaping social contract between the government and citizens.

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In Nigeria the flagship programs that are targeted to help the poor and vulnerable include: the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO), implementing cash transfers to targeted vulnerable households; Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO), supporting vulnerable youths with life skills trainings, grants and reorientation; and the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) providing grants to boost the development agenda of vulnerable communities. These programs were encapsulated in the Government of Nigeria National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP).

Programmes Categories 

1. National Cash Transfer Programme – How to Apply

The National Cash Transfer Programme also known as Household Uplifting Programme (HUP) is one of the social safety nets programmes anchored by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The programme commenced in September, 2016.  It was conceived as part of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s (FGN) larger growth and social inclusion strategies aimed at addressing key social concerns in the country.

It is a component of National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP) which is supported by the World Bank, to provide financial support to targeted poor and vulnerable Nigerian households.

The programme is focused on responding to deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital, especially amongst our poorest citizens. Beneficiaries of the programme are mined from the National Social Register (NSR), comprising State Social Registers (SR) of poor and vulnerable households. The SRs are being developed with the training, supervision and guidance from the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office in Abuja.

The programme is designed to deliver timely and accessible cash transfers to beneficiary households and sets to support development objectives and priorities, to achieve specific outcomes as outlined below:

  • Improve household consumption.
  • Increase in utilization of health and nutrition services.
  • Improve school enrolment and attendance.
  • Improve environmental sanitation and management.
  • Encourage household financial and asset acquisition.
  • Engage beneficiaries in sustainable livelihood.

The programme has 3 components which are as follows:

  • Base Cash Transfer
  • Top-Up based on State selected conditions and
  • Livelihood support

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Overall Management Responsibilities for NCTO

  1. Provide technical support and stakeholder engagement.
  2. Facilitate beneficiaries’ enrolment and issue programme card to beneficiaries.
  3. Support capacity building of states and LGAs to deliver training and sensitization by developing training materials and training of trainers.
  4. Integrate the Payment Service Providers (PSPs) into the systems developed under NASSP (these are the NSR, MIS, and financial management (FM) systems).
  5. Provide effective coordination for the payment system.
  6. Provide technical and financial support to SCTUs and LGAs to carry out their responsibilities.
  7. Conduct performance assessment, review and reporting.
  8. Liaise with MDAs and Civil Societies Organizations to support delivery.
  9. Provide framework for the co-responsibilities for state selection.
  10. Facilitate beneficiaries training, coaching and mentoring.
  11. Monitor the progress of activities at state levels to ensure conformity to plans and standards.
  12. Provide grievance redress hub and ensure that grievances emerging from states are investigated and addressed.
  13. Establish and implement system to minimize fraud, error and corruption
  14. Engage and supervise payment service providers.
  15. Disburse Cash Transfers to beneficiaries.


State Implementation

While NCTO’s mandate is to deliver the targeted cash transfer across the country, the actual implementation happens at the state level through the State Cash Transfer Unit (SCTU). SCTU manages and coordinates the targeted cash transfer and livelihood intervention. Each local government area establishes a cash transfer team to implement activities at the community level.

To Read More, visit the official website of  National Cash Transfer Programme

2. Community and Social Development Project CSDP – How to Apply

The Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is the national flagship project that provides grants for human capital development of communities and vulnerable groups to enable them to embark on various development agenda. Its main areas of focus are in the following sectors; Education, Health, Rural Electrification, potable water supply, Transportation, Socio-economic development, environment/natural resources and community housing.

The project employs Community Driven Development (CDD) approach in deploying the project resources for social and natural resource infrastructural services to benefiting communities and vulnerable groups.

The project is assisted by the World Bank and co-financed by the Federal government and the participating states of:

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North West North East North Central South West South East South South















FCT Abuja












Akwa Ibom


Cross River


National Social Safety-net Coordinating Programme – CSDP is a Community-Driven Development (CDD) Project focusing on building and rebuilding social and natural resource infrastructure services at the community level.

The overall goal of the CSDP is to improve access to services for Human development, while the Project Development Objective is to sustainably increase access of poor people to social and natural resource infrastructure services.

To Read More on the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), visit

3. Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO)

National Social Safety-net Coordinating Programme – The Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) works to increase access of poor and vulnerable youths to employment opportunities in all participating states and to provide targeted cash transfers to the poor, vulnerable and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the North East states. This programme aims to reach over 500,000 youth to receive life skills training and re-orientation and another 1.5 million through the public workfare.


To Read More on Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO), visit

National Social Safety-net Coordinating Programme
National Social Safety-net Coordinating Programme