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Turkey: 3RP Monthly Update - December 2016: Basic Needs

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Highlights - First Refugee Families Receive Cash Support Under the ESSN Programme

The first 589 families eligible for multi-purpose cash assistance under the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme received their cash cards and first payment in December 2016. Assistance will be delivered through ATM cards to allow refugees to cover their basic needs with dignity. Cards will be recharged on a monthly basis with 100 Turkish Lira per family member. The cards can be used both in shops to buy the essentials needed by households, and at ATMs to withdraw cash.

Registration continues for the programme throughout the country, which aims to assist one million refugees in the first half of 2017. As of 30 December 2016, a total of 85,629 refugees had applied for the ESSN programme.

The ESSN is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented in partnership by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) and Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies (MoFSP). The Disasters and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) provides overall coordination of the programme.

The ESSN is implemented through the MoFSP’s social welfare system. It aims to deliver cash assistance to vulnerable people of concern under temporary protection or other form of international protection living outside of camps across Turkey.