WFP and government sign MOU on Sudan family support programme

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WFP and government sign MOU on Sudan family support programme

The Government of Sudan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assist the Sudan government’s Family Support program, providing Sudanese families with direct cash transfers, a joint press release said on Friday .
The press release published by the WFP said the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Ibrahim Badawi and WFP Sudan’s Representative and Country Director Hameed Nuru on Friday signed the MoU in the presence of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdouk and the WFP Executive Director David Beasley.

 Under the Sudan Family Support Programme, the Sudanese Government will provide direct cash transfers each month to support vulnerable families as part of its efforts to mitigate the effects of the ongoing economic difficulties. The multi- ministerial programme, led by the Ministry of Finance and Economic planning, is expected to start in the second half of the year with financing from the Government of Sudan and partners.

 “The Family Support Programme is one of the Transitional Government’s greatest undertakings and will be a major dividend of the December Revolution. It will provide direct cash transfers to around 80 percent of Sudanese families to support them through the challenging economic circumstances currently facing Sudan,” the release quoted the Minister Badawi as stating.

 The Government of Sudan estimates that 65 percent of Sudan’s population live below the poverty line. The already dire food security situation is likely to worsen with the adverse socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, with the closure of nonessential businesses, coupled with rapidly rising food prices.

 “The programme will be key to safeguarding people at risk of slipping into extreme poverty,” said Nuru. “Our steady partnership with donors like United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is what enables us to provide critical assistance. We are grateful to have such generous partners.”

According to the MoU, WFP will support the Government to develop a cash transfer delivery and payments system, and a complaints and feedback mechanism – including a call centre – to support recipients of the programme.

“The platform developed for the Sudan Family Support Programme will allow efficient and accountable digital delivery of a broad range of social protection and other Government services to the People of Sudan,” said Nuru.