Sabine Mensah
Coordonnatrice Régionale Inclusion Financière et Numérique
UN Capital Development Fund


WFP Social Transfers Digitization Project in Niger

In Niger, the World Food Programme (WFP) helps rural populations meet their food and nutritional needs through three transfer modalities: direct food distribution, cash and coupon distribution, and capacity building.

Dying to increase its direct impact on populations, make them more autonomous and contribute to achieving the objective of “zero hunger” by 2030, WFP partnered with UNCDF to digitize the monetary social transfers donated to menages in situations of vulnerability.

With a view to setting up a pilot for the digitalization of social transfers in the Maradi and Zinder regions, the partnership between WFP and UNCDF focuses on:

  1. conducting a center-based use-study to identify needs and constraints in terms of the adoption and use of digital financial services;
  2. a study on the capillarity and performance of the network of agents to ensure access and continuity of service and
  3. training of trainers to strengthen the digital capacities of vulnerable populations and ensure their adherance to the project.

The research focused on usage took place in September 2019. This document presents the results of this research and describes the next steps of the project.

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