Cash transfers, an important tool in emergency humanitarian interventions in Burundi
Over the past decades, Burundi has hosted refugees mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in five refugee camps located in the provinces of Ngozi, Muyinga, Cankuzo and Ruyigi. While UNHCR provides them with general assistance, the World Food Program (WFP) supports around 50,000 refugees (10,000 households) by providing them with monthly food rations including grains, beans, vegetable oil and salt in order to meet their emergency food needs.
Since July 2020, thanks to a generous donation from the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (GFFO) which complements the funding of the German Humanitarian Assistance Office (BHA), WFP has been able to provide an additional share in cash equivalent to 5,000 Burundian francs per person per month for 50,000 refugees through its partner Ecobank Burundi to complete assistance in kind. The cash transfer helps refugees buy fresh food that greatly improves the quality of the diet in nutrients and increase the variety of their meals.
From July to November 2020, WFP assisted 49,184 refugees for an amount of 972,057,600 Burundian francs.