WFP Launches Phone-Based Cash Transfer Pilot Project in Côte d'Ivoire
WFP has launched a phone-based cash transfer pilot project for 54,000 crisis-hit Ivorians in the poorest districts of Abidjan. The districts were badly-affected in the post-election crisis and the poorest families struggle to put food on the table. Over the project's three months, more than 10,000 households will receive three cash transfers of around $70, equivalent to the food basket of an average family of five. Households are alerted to the transaction by a text message, which allows them to withdraw money from the local telecoms provider MTN. A total of US$ 1.9 million will be disbursed through the project, made possibly by a total donation of $10.7 million from USAID to WFP's emergency operation in Côte d'Ivoire.