The re-establishment of dual currency redemption for assistance to refugees in May 2023 resulted in significant improvements in terms of ATM functionality, crowding, and waiting time. This in turn led to a substantial rise in the overall amount of assistance.
UNHCR and WFP resumed dual currency disbursement starting with May 2023 assistance cycle. However, the cash assistance for refugees was delayed for two weeks in June 2023 to ensure that the findings from May’s cycle were conducive to pursuing the dual currency redemption. Feedback gathered from various sources confirmed that dual currency disbursement continued to prove more efficient, safer, and more dignified access to assistance for assisted families with additional positive benefits for communities and Lebanese businesses.