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Yemen, Sana'a, 14 November 2018  In the Photo: Fouad Mahdi, nurse in Al Sabaeen hospital in Sana’a, Yemen  “Many of the children that we receive in this hospital are fighting for the last breath. They come exhausted from a long journey that sometimes take more than 10 hours. We receive cases from all around Yemen because we are the largest and most advanced hospital. Every day, we are seeing a spike in the number of malnourished children being admitted to this hospital because of the war and the deteriorating economy across the country.   People can no longer afford food. The conflict and the blockade are taking a toll on the lives of children. These families have had nothing to feed their children. By the time they make it to our hospital, their survival chances are almost nil. But we do our best.   Some days, we are so exhausted and especially in the CPR room where children need close monitoring every few minutes. This is the most critical phase for saving lives of children who are severely malnourished. We just lost a child from Hodeidah yesterday. Most of the severely malnourished cases come from areas like Tahama, Dhamar and Aljuf which have small centers that are not equipped to treat complicated cases, so they move them here to Sana’a. It breaks my heart to see my people, the people of Yemen, losing their future and children because of lack of food and hunger.”  Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa
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Turkey, Adana refugee camp, 9 April 2018  Syrian refugees can shop for food in Adana camp supermarket and, thanks to the e-food card, can choose nutritious food. “We do pay for our food shopping with the Kızılaykart,” says Feduwa, one of the thousands of Syrian refugees receiving e-food card assistance in WFP-supported camps.  In the Photo: WFP field teams do regular monitoring in WFP supported camps to make sure that nutritious products are available to refugees with fair prices.   Photo: WFP/Deniz Akkus
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Turkey, Adana refugee camp, 9 April 2018  Syrian refugees can shop for food in Adana camp supermarket and, thanks to the e-food card, can choose nutritious food. “We do pay for our food shopping with the Kızılaykart,” says Feduwa, one of the thousands of Syrian refugees receiving e-food card assistance in WFP-supported camps.  In the Photo: WFP field teams do regular monitoring in WFP supported camps to make sure that nutritious products are available to refugees with fair prices.   Photo: WFP/Deniz Akkus
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Turkey, Adana refugee camp, 9 April 2018  Syrian refugees can shop for food in Adana camp supermarket and, thanks to the e-food card, can choose nutritious food. “We do pay for our food shopping with the Kızılaykart,” says Feduwa, one of the thousands of Syrian refugees receiving e-food card assistance in WFP-supported camps.  In the Photo: WFP field teams do regular monitoring in WFP supported camps to make sure that nutritious products are available to refugees with fair prices.   Photo: WFP/Deniz Akkus
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Niger, 23 March 2018  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance.  As humanitarian emergencies become increasingly prolonged and complex, the role of technology is ever more crucial in enabling better and faster response when disaster strikes.  Until recently, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — was limited to aviation experts and a handful of aficionados. With their relatively low costs and unique mobility, however, they are increasingly seen as a valuable tool in providing humanitarian assistance.  The World Food Programme (WFP), a leader in emergency response, is using and exploring the use of drones in its operations. Below are the 5 reasons why.  1. Faster access, greater reach In the aftermath of a natural disaster, accessing affected areas to assess damage and needs is one of the key challenges the organization faces — and every second counts. Unlike a helicopter or a large team of people, a drone can be deployed within minutes of a disaster for rapid and detailed assessments.  When category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, WFP’s regional office in Panama deployed a drone to see how many houses had been affected and which roads were blocked or cut off. This provided the emergency response team with vital insights, and they quickly realized the tremendous potential behind drone technology.  2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness Until recently, WFP relied on satellite images to get a lot of the data needed from the ground. It is costly and because the images depend on the position of the satellite at a given time, data access is sporadic. The quality of the images also depends on how cloudy the skies at the time they were captured. Drones can fly below the clouds, allowing us to get localised data in real-time at a fraction of the cost. They have the potential to improve the reliability, quality and speed of our assessments and contribute to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response efforts.  3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness Drone technology is a valuable tool that helps support efforts to prepare for an emergency before a disaster strikes. For instance, the Government of Mozambique recently started using drones to identify and map areas that are vulnerable to floods by comparing high resolution drone imagery taken during rainy and dry seasons. This will help the government move people living in areas at risk to safer grounds before heavy rains.  4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more The real potential of drones is leveraged when the content is analysed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to obtain data that the naked eye cannot see. Crop and soil health, for example, can be monitored through software that analyses drone images. In Colombia, WFP is already exploring the use of drones to monitor crops.  Drone imagery can provide farmers with immediate feedback on crop health, help detect and diagnose problems, and support actions. Using computer software, the images can be combined to create high resolution maps that can later be analysed to pinpoint important climate change trends and predictions.  When the use of specialized software is combined with drones, the possibilities are endless. WFP is constantly seeking new ways of using this emerging technology to create better solutions and programmes that allow us to leverage the resources currently available.  5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation There is a tangible opportunity for the humanitarian world to put emerging and frontier technology at the service of those who need it most, while leveraging and building on each other’s areas of expertise. Since 2014, WFP has been exploring ways to deploy drones in the humanitarian context and defining a drone coordination model.  “Innovation is creating a network between all actors, allowing us to focus on the difference we are making. How effectively are we responding to emergencies? How can we better empower the communities we serve and help those further behind? Technology is key in us being able to do this,” says WFP’s CIO and Director of the Technology Division EnricaPorcari, stressing that having a strong network of actors allows for real innovation to take off and governments must be the first supporters of these efforts.  In the Photo: with the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).  Photo: WFP/Laura Lacanale
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Turkey, Kahramanmaraş, Kahramanmaraş Province. 13 March 2018.  WFP provides food assistance to the most vulnerable refugees living in host communities. In partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent, WFP is providing monthly cash transfers that people can use to shop for food, clothes or medicines; or to pay rent and utility bills. More than a million people are supported under the ESSN Programme which will continue in 2018.  In the Photo: ESSN is an example of the power of partnership. WFP and TRC field staff work together in various provinces to conduct monitoring exercises.   Photo: WFP/Deniz Akkus
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Turkey, Kahramanmaraş, Kahramanmaraş Province. 13 March 2018.  WFP provides food assistance to the most vulnerable refugees living in host communities. In partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent, WFP is providing monthly cash transfers that people can use to shop for food, clothes or medicines; or to pay rent and utility bills. More than a million people are supported under the ESSN Programme which will continue in 2018.  In the Photo: WFP partners with TRC staff to conduct monitoring exercises.  Photo: WFP/Deniz Akkus
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Jordan, Azraq refugee camp, Zarqa governorate. 28 January 2018.  WFP responds to the basic food requirements of the 500,000 most food insecure Syrian refugees by providing them with food-restricted vouchers as well as cash to maintain their food security. Electronic food cards work like a pre-paid debit card and they can be used to buy food from the supermarket.   In the Photo: WFP staff monitoring the supermarkets in Azraq refugee camp.  Photo: WFP/Mohammad Batah
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Jordan, Azraq refugee camp, Zarqa governorate. 28 January 2018.  WFP responds to the basic food requirements of the 500,000 most food insecure Syrian refugees by providing them with food-restricted vouchers as well as cash to maintain their food security. Electronic food cards work like a pre-paid debit card and they can be used to buy food from the supermarket.   In the Photo: WFP staff monitoring the supermarkets in Azraq refugee camp.  Photo: WFP/Mohammad Batah
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Turkey, Gaziantep, 17 January 2018  ESSN is a multi-purpose cash transfer scheme providing monthly assistance through debit cards to more than one million of the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey. Those receiving assistance decide for themselves how to cover essential needs like rent, bills, food, and medicine. The ESSN is the largest EU humanitarian aid programme ever and is part of the EUR 3 billion Facility for Refugees in Turkey. It was launched in December 2016 and is funded until the end of January 2019 thanks to a contribution of EUR 1 billion from the EU. In an unprecedented approach, WFP and Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) implement the ESSN from shared Joint Management Cell (JMC) premises in Ankara. WFP provides monitoring and technical support and plays a key role in coordinating Basic Needs assistance in Turkey. TRC manages the delivery of the programme nationwide, working with the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and its welfare centres, which process applications for the ESSN. The Ministry of Interior’s Directorates General for Migration Management (DGMM) and Population and Citizenship Affairs (DGPC) are responsible for ID issuance and address registration respectively; both are ESSN prerequisites. ECHO, the EU agency funding the ESSN, and the Government of Turkey Disaster and Emergency Presidency (AFAD) co-chair the ESSN Governing Board, providing oversight, problem solving, and strategic direction for the ESSN programme. Each eligible household receives a card like this. Every month, it is topped up with 120 Turkish Liras (USD 30) for each member of the household. They also receive periodic “top-ups”. The card can be used at ATMs or to pay in shops.  The EU has invested almost 1 billion Euros into the Emergency Social Safety Net Programme which is the largest humanitarian relief programme in EU History. Thanks to the partnership between the Government of Turkey and the EU, over a million refugees receive cash aid in Turkey.  In the Photo: Syrian refugee Rukeyye (25), mother of 3, can feed her children with the support of the Emergency Social Safety Net cash assistance, the only regular income of the family. Her husband, Ahmad (30), works in construction – but work is irregular at best and non-existent during winter.  Originally from Azaz, now live with their 4 children in a very small apartment in Gaziantep with their children: Omer (4), Orjwan (6) and Hatije (6 months). EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net cash assistance is how they pay rent and how they keep their house warm in ice-cold winters of Southeast Turkey.  Photo: WFP/Sinan Cakmak
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Turkey, Gaziantep, 17 January 2018  ESSN is a multi-purpose cash transfer scheme providing monthly assistance through debit cards to more than one million of the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey. Those receiving assistance decide for themselves how to cover essential needs like rent, bills, food, and medicine. The ESSN is the largest EU humanitarian aid programme ever and is part of the EUR 3 billion Facility for Refugees in Turkey. It was launched in December 2016 and is funded until the end of January 2019 thanks to a contribution of EUR 1 billion from the EU. In an unprecedented approach, WFP and Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) implement the ESSN from shared Joint Management Cell (JMC) premises in Ankara. WFP provides monitoring and technical support and plays a key role in coordinating Basic Needs assistance in Turkey. TRC manages the delivery of the programme nationwide, working with the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and its welfare centres, which process applications for the ESSN. The Ministry of Interior’s Directorates General for Migration Management (DGMM) and Population and Citizenship Affairs (DGPC) are responsible for ID issuance and address registration respectively; both are ESSN prerequisites. ECHO, the EU agency funding the ESSN, and the Government of Turkey Disaster and Emergency Presidency (AFAD) co-chair the ESSN Governing Board, providing oversight, problem solving, and strategic direction for the ESSN programme. Each eligible household receives a card like this. Every month, it is topped up with 120 Turkish Liras (USD 30) for each member of the household. They also receive periodic “top-ups”. The card can be used at ATMs or to pay in shops.  The EU has invested almost 1 billion Euros into the Emergency Social Safety Net Programme which is the largest humanitarian relief programme in EU History. Thanks to the partnership between the Government of Turkey and the EU, over a million refugees receive cash aid in Turkey.  In the Photo: Syrian refugee Rukeyye (25), mother of 3, can feed her children with the support of the Emergency Social Safety Net cash assistance, the only regular income of the family. Her husband, Ahmad (30), works in construction – but work is irregular at best and non-existent during winter.  Originally from Azaz, now live with their 4 children in a very small apartment in Gaziantep with their children: Omer (4), Orjwan (6) and Hatije (6 months). EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net cash assistance is how they pay rent and how they keep their house warm in ice-cold winters of Southeast Turkey.  Photo: WFP/Sinan Cakmak
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Turkey, Gaziantep, 17 January 2018  ESSN is a multi-purpose cash transfer scheme providing monthly assistance through debit cards to more than one million of the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey. Those receiving assistance decide for themselves how to cover essential needs like rent, bills, food, and medicine. The ESSN is the largest EU humanitarian aid programme ever and is part of the EUR 3 billion Facility for Refugees in Turkey. It was launched in December 2016 and is funded until the end of January 2019 thanks to a contribution of EUR 1 billion from the EU. In an unprecedented approach, WFP and Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) implement the ESSN from shared Joint Management Cell (JMC) premises in Ankara. WFP provides monitoring and technical support and plays a key role in coordinating Basic Needs assistance in Turkey. TRC manages the delivery of the programme nationwide, working with the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and its welfare centres, which process applications for the ESSN. The Ministry of Interior’s Directorates General for Migration Management (DGMM) and Population and Citizenship Affairs (DGPC) are responsible for ID issuance and address registration respectively; both are ESSN prerequisites. ECHO, the EU agency funding the ESSN, and the Government of Turkey Disaster and Emergency Presidency (AFAD) co-chair the ESSN Governing Board, providing oversight, problem solving, and strategic direction for the ESSN programme. Each eligible household receives a card like this. Every month, it is topped up with 120 Turkish Liras (USD 30) for each member of the household. They also receive periodic “top-ups”. The card can be used at ATMs or to pay in shops.  The EU has invested almost 1 billion Euros into the Emergency Social Safety Net Programme which is the largest humanitarian relief programme in EU History. Thanks to the partnership between the Government of Turkey and the EU, over a million refugees receive cash aid in Turkey.  In the Photo: Syrian refugee Rukeyye (25), mother of 3, can feed her children with the support of the Emergency Social Safety Net cash assistance, the only regular income of the family. Her husband, Ahmad (30), works in construction – but work is irregular at best and non-existent during winter.  Originally from Azaz, now live with their 4 children in a very small apartment in Gaziantep with their children: Omer (4), Orjwan (6) and Hatije (6 months). EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net cash assistance is how they pay rent and how they keep their house warm in ice-cold winters of Southeast Turkey.  Photo: WFP/Sinan Cakmak
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Turkey, Gaziantep, 17 January 2018  ESSN is a multi-purpose cash transfer scheme providing monthly assistance through debit cards to more than one million of the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey. Those receiving assistance decide for themselves how to cover essential needs like rent, bills, food, and medicine. The ESSN is the largest EU humanitarian aid programme ever and is part of the EUR 3 billion Facility for Refugees in Turkey. It was launched in December 2016 and is funded until the end of January 2019 thanks to a contribution of EUR 1 billion from the EU. In an unprecedented approach, WFP and Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) implement the ESSN from shared Joint Management Cell (JMC) premises in Ankara. WFP provides monitoring and technical support and plays a key role in coordinating Basic Needs assistance in Turkey. TRC manages the delivery of the programme nationwide, working with the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and its welfare centres, which process applications for the ESSN. The Ministry of Interior’s Directorates General for Migration Management (DGMM) and Population and Citizenship Affairs (DGPC) are responsible for ID issuance and address registration respectively; both are ESSN prerequisites. ECHO, the EU agency funding the ESSN, and the Government of Turkey Disaster and Emergency Presidency (AFAD) co-chair the ESSN Governing Board, providing oversight, problem solving, and strategic direction for the ESSN programme. Each eligible household receives a card like this. Every month, it is topped up with 120 Turkish Liras (USD 30) for each member of the household. They also receive periodic “top-ups”. The card can be used at ATMs or to pay in shops.  The EU has invested almost 1 billion Euros into the Emergency Social Safety Net Programme which is the largest humanitarian relief programme in EU History. Thanks to the partnership between the Government of Turkey and the EU, over a million refugees receive cash aid in Turkey.  In the Photo: Syrian refugee Rukeyye (25), mother of 3, can feed her children with the support of the Emergency Social Safety Net cash assistance, the only regular income of the family. Her husband, Ahmad (30), works in construction – but work is irregular at best and non-existent during winter.  Originally from Azaz, now live with their 4 children in a very small apartment in Gaziantep with their children: Omer (4), Orjwan (6) and Hatije (6 months). EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net cash assistance is how they pay rent and how they keep their house warm in ice-cold winters of Southeast Turkey.  Photo: WFP/Sinan Cakmak
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Turkey, Gaziantep, 17 January 2018  ESSN is a multi-purpose cash transfer scheme providing monthly assistance through debit cards to more than one million of the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey. Those receiving assistance decide for themselves how to cover essential needs like rent, bills, food, and medicine. The ESSN is the largest EU humanitarian aid programme ever and is part of the EUR 3 billion Facility for Refugees in Turkey. It was launched in December 2016 and is funded until the end of January 2019 thanks to a contribution of EUR 1 billion from the EU. In an unprecedented approach, WFP and Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) implement the ESSN from shared Joint Management Cell (JMC) premises in Ankara. WFP provides monitoring and technical support and plays a key role in coordinating Basic Needs assistance in Turkey. TRC manages the delivery of the programme nationwide, working with the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and its welfare centres, which process applications for the ESSN. The Ministry of Interior’s Directorates General for Migration Management (DGMM) and Population and Citizenship Affairs (DGPC) are responsible for ID issuance and address registration respectively; both are ESSN prerequisites. ECHO, the EU agency funding the ESSN, and the Government of Turkey Disaster and Emergency Presidency (AFAD) co-chair the ESSN Governing Board, providing oversight, problem solving, and strategic direction for the ESSN programme. Each eligible household receives a card like this. Every month, it is topped up with 120 Turkish Liras (USD 30) for each member of the household. They also receive periodic “top-ups”. The card can be used at ATMs or to pay in shops.  The EU has invested almost 1 billion Euros into the Emergency Social Safety Net Programme which is the largest humanitarian relief programme in EU History. Thanks to the partnership between the Government of Turkey and the EU, over a million refugees receive cash aid in Turkey.  In the Photo: A rainy day at a neighbourhood in Gaziantep province in South-eastern Turkey. Many vulnerable refugee families in Gaziantep live in poor neighbourhoods for cheaper rents. EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net cash assistance is how they pay rent and how they keep their house warm in ice-cold winters of Southeast Turkey.  Photo: WFP/Sinan Cakmak
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