Cash and Vouchers Stories
Across Somalia, more than a million people are struggling to meet their basic food needs, particularly internally displaced people and the urban poor. With support from the European Union’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO), WFP is now providing the most vulnerable people in Mogadishu with cash-based assistance so they can shop for the food they need. WFP is increasingly providing cash-based transfers in places where food is available in the markets, but lack of income prevents vulnerable families from accessing it.
Hanan is a Palestinian woman from Gaza. With the 'One Card' Hanan can buy nutritious food at local shops. But this card is used for much more: people can buy water, hygiene products and even school uniforms for children. It makes life easier - it's all on one card.
The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Service (ECHO) this year gave €2 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner, Solidarités Internationales, to help more than 15,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Haut Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These people had fled their villages following violent conflicts between armed groups in 2012 and 2013.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has introduced electronic cash transfers in the Kakuma refugee camps. The cash transfers – dubbed bamba chakula, or “get your food” in Sheng, a Swahili-based slang – replaces part of the monthly food ration that the refugees receive each month.
Along the narrow pathways of Tulkaram, in the north of the West Bank, the State of Palestine, stands a small grocery shop with pink shutters. A sign hanging above reads, ‘Mini Market Al-Odeh’. Inside the store Jihad Al-Odeh stands behind a counter ornamented with festive lights. He is one of the more than 250 shop owners taking part in the World Food Programme's (WFP) e-voucher programme in Palestine.