Kwenda: Angola’s systemically generated lists of beneficiaries and its undisclosed eligibility criteria


Kwenda is a social protection program started in Angola in May 2020 to support people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and it is expected to last for 3 years. The program is backed by 420 million USD funding from the World Bank and has 4 distinct components.

In July 2021 the Angolan government announced that they were in a phase of ‘data validation’, where government teams visit neighbourhoods with ‘systemically generated’ provisional lists of beneficiaries. The government describes these visits as an opportunity for people to learn if their name is on the beneficiary list or not, but the eligibility criteria and the way these lists are put together remain undisclosed. On top of that, there are no mentions of processes to rectify any possible mistakes or cases of exclusion.

Writer: Governo de Angola, Fundo de Apoio Social
Date: August 2021