USD 1,388,194 were injected into local economy through vouchers/e-cards in February 2015
Total of 87,838 beneficiaries were reached during February distribution (84,409 Syrian and 3,429 Syrian Palestinian Refugees), meeting almost 99% of the target.
Given available funds region-wide, Egypt operations decreased the value of food voucher to US$17 instead of US$24, applying 30% reduction. in addition to the reduced case-load derived from results of the UNHCR biometric verification exercise (IRIS), which is being conducted since April 2014, were as well as in line with the WFP current level of funding.
WFP is in the process to introduce e-vouchers with Fathallah supermarket chains with a pilot testing planned for April. E-vouchers (electronic cards) will be distributed to an additional 25 percent of WFP beneficiaries, who reside in Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, reaching a total of 85 % of beneficiaries by the electronic gift card system.
In Alexandria and Damietta, the joint WFP/UNCHCR Vulnerability Assessment of the Syrian refugees has started in January 2015 and is on-going with data collection at household level. The implementing partners are, respectively, Caritas and Resala.