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Cash and Vouchers
13 July 2017

Australia Supports WFP Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance In Mosul

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of AUD$4 million (approximately US$3 million) from the Government of Australia to provide multi-purpose cash assistance for almost 23,000 displaced Iraqis affected by conflict in Mosul.

Cash and Vouchers
24 May 2017

First Cash Assistance To Secondary Girl Students Using Biometrics In Fata

FATA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash-based assistance for secondary school girls in Pakistan and is using biometric attendance data for the first time as part of its support to the FATA Secretariat education programme.

Cash and Vouchers
17 May 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches Half A Million Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500,000 and continues to rise. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine and clothes.

Cash and Vouchers
6 March 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches 250,000 Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme reached 250,000 this week. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine, fuel for heating and warm clothing for winter.

Cash and Vouchers
6 March 2017

WFP Launches First Mobile Cash Transfers For Humanitarian Assistance In Myanmar

YANGON –  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched the first pilot programme using mobile cash transfers for humanitarian assistance in Myanmar. Between 27 February and 1 March, 112 conflict-affected internally displaced families in three camps in Myitkyina Township of Kachin State received a monthly electronic credit allocation of  MMK 9,000 (US$ 7 ) per person for vulnerable households and MMK 13,000 (US$ 10) per person for the most vulnerable households on their phone to be used at local shops. The recipients had previously received this amount in banknotes.

Cash and Vouchers
11 January 2017

EU Supports Refugees In Turkey Through Innovative Nationwide Cash Programme

ANKARA – Thousands of refugees in Turkey are receiving monthly cash assistance to help cover essential needs such as food, rent, medicine and warm clothing for winter through the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), a major innovative relief programme funded by the European Union.

Contributions to WFP
18 September 2016

UK Supports WFP Cash And Voucher Programme For Vulnerable People In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of GBP 3 million from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) for its cash and voucher assistance programme supporting conflict-affected communities in Sudan.  

Contributions to WFP
4 August 2016

With EU Support, WFP Doubles Number Of Refugee Camps Supported With Cash In Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Today, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching cash transfers in support of Sudanese refugees living in Tongo and Sherkole camps in western Ethiopia.

Cash and Vouchers
1 August 2016

Life-Saving Cash For Thousands Of Cyclone Victims

DHAKA – Some 20,000 flood-affected people in southern Bangladesh are to receive financial assistance to replenish food and other necessities lost when the area was hit by Cyclone Roanu in May.

Cash and Vouchers
31 July 2016

Breakthrough As WFP Reaches Taiz Enclave Using Voucher Assistance

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) succeeded this month in reaching 55,000 people in a hard-to-reach district of Taiz city, Al Qahira, providing food assistance through food vouchers using a local supplier’s network. 

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