CS Chelugui Unveils UK’s KSh680 Million Urban Cash Transfer Programme In Kenya

The Digital Cash Transfer Programme, currently ongoing covers Nairobi and Mombasa cities and targets to benefit 52,700 vulnerable people living in urban informal settlements.
  • GiveDirectly, Kenya and UK Governments launch the KSh680 million direct cash programme to support 52,700 Kenyans affected by COVID-19 in Nairobi and Mombasa.

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 11, 2020 – The UK government will spend KSh680 Million to finance a digital urban cash transfer programme to cushion the most vulnerable, affected by the global coronavirus pandemic in Kenya.

The Digital Cash Transfer Programme, currently ongoing covers Nairobi and Mombasa cities and targets to benefit 52,700 vulnerable people living in urban informal settlements. The programme planned to run for three months will go a long way in improving their livelihood and wellbeing and enable them to participate in the rebuilding of the economy.

While officiating the launch of the programme in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya, Cabinet Secretary Labour and Social Protection, Simon Chelugui hailed the continued support by the UK government.

While officiating the launch of the programme in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya, Cabinet Secretary Labour and Social Protection, Simon Chelugui hailed the continued support by the UK government.

“Let me start by recognizing the continued support your government has given to the Government of Kenya, especially in the implementation of Social protection programme which has continued to improve the livelihood of poor and vulnerable households,” the CS told British High Commissioner to Kenya, Ms Jane Marriott who graced the virtual launch on Wednesday, November 11.

Others who graced the occasion were the Country Director for GiveDirectly, Ms. Lydia Muya, Chief Administrative Secretary, Labour and Social protection, Patrick Ole Ntutu and Principal Secretary State Department for Social Protection, Nelson Marwa among others.

“While we recognize that it is our mandate as a government to support the less fortunate in our society, the government of Kenya appreciates the partnership and assistance that it has continued to receive over the years from the UK government in support of its various programmes,” CS Chelugui further noted.

At the same time, CS Chelugui acknowledged that over the years, the government of Kenya has continued to implement various social protection interventions that support the poor and vulnerable households in the community.

“Many vulnerable Kenyans living in informal settings are facing a crisis upon a crisis,” said GiveDirectly’s Country Director, Lydia Muya.

He was upbeat, the ministry implements the Inua Jamii Programme, which consists of three programmes; the Cash Transfer programme for Orphan and Vulnerable Children, Older Persons and Persons with Severe Disabilities, to enable them meet their daily basic needs.

These programmes, he was categorical, provide safety nets in form of monthly stipend of KSh2,000 per beneficiary household, paid every two months to enable the beneficiaries meet their basic needs and to live a dignified life.

It was worth noting that Inua Jamii programme is a Flagship Project under the Social Pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030.   So far, this programme has disbursed a total of KSh166.9 Billion to 1,233,129 poor households. These households include 353,000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children, 833,129 Older Persons and 47,000 Persons with Severe Disabilities.

CS Chelugui credited GiveDirectly, the organization implementing the programme, for working closely with Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in identifying the beneficiaries and for leveraging on innovative technology that has ensured effective and efficient disbursement of funds to the recipients.

The CS regretted a myriad of challenges occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic in the society. Besides the loss of lives, CS Chelugui was alive to the fact that the pandemic has too precipitated the loss of jobs, and slowed down economic performance making millions of poor and vulnerable people across the globe to lose their livelihood.

At the same time, CS Chelugui acknowledged that over the years, the government of Kenya has continued to implement various social protection interventions that support the poor and vulnerable households in the community.

Like the rest of the family of nations, Kenya has suffered the adverse effect of the pandemic, especially among the poor, unemployed and those in informal employment.

The CS divulged that in order to cushion the poor and vulnerable members of our society, who are currently not beneficiaries of the Inua Jamii Programme, the Government allocated KSh10 billion during the Financial Year 2019/2020, through which, an emergency cash transfer programme was started in April 2020, to mitigate the negative effects of the pandemic among the vulnerable households.

Through this funding, a total of 333,200 beneficiary households from the 47 counties have been supported with each household receiving KSh1000 on a weekly basis through mobile money transfer. In addition, KSh1billion was allocated to the Ministry under Economic Stimulus to support more poor households.

 

 

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