WFP has launched a phone-based cash transfer pilot project for 54,000 crisis-hit Ivorians in the poorest districts of Abidjan. Here, beneficiaries wait in line to register for the SIM card that will them provide access to the cash transfers. WFP often delivers assistance to the hungry in the form of cash transfers in urban areas where there is food in the markets but the poorest cannot afford to buy it.
The project is taking place in Youpogon and Abobo, two of the districts in Abidjan worst-affected by the post-election crisis and where families struggle to put food on the table. Here, beneficiaries sit outside after receiving their SIM cards.
The goal of this pilot project is to make up for the loss of purchasing power of the poorest families in recent months, to give them a bigger choice of food and to allow them to reintegrate into the local economy, boosted by this injection of money. Here, a woman holds up her SIM card that she has just received.
14 December 2012 Côte d’Ivoire: Food for Work Project in Action