In South Sudan, we’ve just finished trialling a new cash transfer project with a technological twist…
Cash transfer programming – giving people cash rather than goods – has been one of the most successful recent developments in providing humanitarian aid. It’s an effective and dignifying way to support people in need.
By giving cash, Tearfund and our partners put the decision-making back into the hands of people in need. Cash is given to people who need and will benefit from it the most. But in Juba, South Sudan, instead of coins and notes, people have been given digital smart cards. These are pre-loaded with the local currency and can be used to buy food, goods and to access services.
We tested how this smart card technology can be used in remote areas to provide vulnerable families with access to food and other vital items they need to live.
Violent clashes between warring parties began in Juba in December 2013 and soon spread to other parts of the country. The conflict forced many people to flee their homes. Drought and extreme weather conditions for farmers has left millions malnourished. The worst affected are children, people with disabilities, and pregnant or new mothers.