Cash and Vouchers Stories


20 September 2012

WFP’s Food Vouchers Make Hard Lives a Little Easier

Life has not always been harsh for Amer* (not his real name). Back in the Syrian town of Idleb, he had his own business as a clothing retailer and business was good. He never thought he would become a refugee let alone live on humanitarian assistance.

12 September 2012

MasterCard And WFP Team Up To Deliver “Digital Food”

MasterCard and WFP have announced a global partnership that will use digital innovation to help people around the world break the cycle of hunger and poverty. This game-changing partnership will combine MasterCard’s expertise in electronic payment systems with WFP’s global reach among the world’s hungry.

27 July 2012

WFP And Partners Prepare For Food Shortages As Poor Harvest Hits Zimbabwe

Food shortages are on the way for the rural poor of Zimbabwe, according to a new report estimating that poor harvests could leave 1.6 million people in need of food assistance. With food needs on the rise, WFP and its partners are gearing up to respond with a combination food distributions and cash voucher programmes

3 July 2012

The Ultra Poor In Bangladesh: 140 Euros For A New Life

This article originally appeared in print in the German magazine, Maxi, for its July 2012 edition.  All text and photos are by David Weyand. What follows below is the full article, translated from German.

1 June 2012

Cash & Vouchers: Helping Communities Fractured by Years of Armed Conflict in DRC

Cash & vouchers in the Democratic Republic of Congo stimulate local economies and reinforce social integration. Bargaining over food prices and the interaction between the displaced and host populations in the market contribute to building social cohesion in communities fractured by years of conflict.