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WFP Jordan Country Brief, September 2018

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In Numbers

487,070 Syrian refugees assisted through cash-based transfers
4,350 Vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees assisted through livelihood support
USD 84.6 m six months (October 2018 - March 2019) net funding requirements, representing 63 percent of total
877,827 people assisted in September 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP and UN Women signed a partnership agreement on the use of the innovative blockchain technology to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women’s cash for work programmes at the Za’atari and Azraq camps in Jordan. Traditionally, cash transfers have been made available to refugees via third-party financial service providers, such as banks. Through this partnership, women will be able to access their funds directly and the accounts will be kept safely on a blockchain network. Previously, beneficiaries received monthly cash entitlements on a set date. Through blockchain, UN Women and WFP are exploring the possibility of providing female refugees with cash back at WFP-contracted supermarkets or paying for their purchases directly. The partnership stems from WFP’s Building Blocks project, which already provides cash transfers to 106,000 Syrian refugees in camps through a blockchain based system and is foreseen to be expanded to host communities by the end of the year. For further information on this partnership, click here.

• As of September, 78 percent of Syrians assisted by WFP in host communities are currently provided with an unrestricted cash transfers “choice modality”. Results from the ongoing monitoring activities showed that 39 percent of “choice” beneficiaries redeemed their assistance as e- vouchers, 45 percent as cash, 13 percent as both, while the remaining did not redeem their assistance yet. WFP will expand the use of the “choice modality” -allowing beneficiaries to redeem their assistance in WFP-contracted shops or cash out their entitlements at ATMs or both - to four additional governorates in October: Aqaba, Ma’an, Karak, and Tafeilah.

• WFP’s livelihood activities are running fully on digitized outreach, cards distribution and attendance monitoring. In addition, WFP is utilising the OneCard platform for providing conditional cash assistance.