United Nations World Food Programme and National Aid Fund Team up to strengthen support for vulnerable Jordanians
AMMAN - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Aid Fund (NAF), under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Development, are today signing an agreement at the core of the Government’s plan to expand cash assistance to reach more Jordanians.
NAF, the main social assistance provider in the Kingdom, has distributed JD 106 million in financial assistance to vulnerable Jordanian families in 2018. This year, NAF will be expanded to reach more Jordanians with technical support from WFP.
“This partnership and cooperation between NAF and WFP started when WFP responded to the urgent needs of NAF (both logistics and technical) to implement the expansion project efficiently to reach vulnerable families in the kingdom, therefore it deserves our great thanks and gratitude for the great support” said Omar Mashagbeh, Director General of NAF. “The cooperation between NAF and WFP, will not just assist NAF in carrying out its duties, but will also enable the production of real knowledge on the high level that NAF has reached in various aspects".
WFP has global experience in digitizing cash delivery systems through innovative technologies. Some of these solutions have been implemented in Jordan to support vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian refugee communities. WFP will support NAF with a range of improvements including digitizing its payment system and upgrading its feedback mechanism.
"We highly value our partnership with NAF,” said Sarah Gordon-Gibson, WFP Country Director and Representative in Jordan. “It’s an important part of our commitment to help the Government address the needs of the most vulnerable and food insecure Jordanians through social protection.”
Since 1964, WFP has played a pivotal role in supporting national efforts to reduce hunger and poverty in Jordan. To date, WFP has carried out 50 development projects and emergency operations in partnership with the Government of Jordan and local institutions, making a tangible difference in the lives of millions across the Kingdom.
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