Update on the first round of Nafa Quick Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Gambia Government/World Bank initiated Gambia Social Safety Net Project (GSSNP) through the Nafa Program, has a target of 15,606 extreme poor households from the 20 poorest districts in the country. However, with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, government of The Gambia formulated and implemented stringent measures to prevent and contain the virus, as well as to mitigate its impact on food and nutrition security. As a result, the Nafa Program was restructured to contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 through a cash transfer program called “Nafa Quick”.  The “Nafa Quick” intends to contribute to the mitigation of the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on the population by providing immediate universal cash transfer of D1,500 per month (2 transfers of D3,000) within 4 months to about 83,000 households in the 30 districts of the project. This will further help households address immediate family needs such as a diversified diet.

In this regard, the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) with the Department of Community Development (DCD), and the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) recently implemented and is about to conclude the first round of the Nafa Quick Cash Transfer in the West Coast Region (Fonis), Lower River Region (LRR), North Bank East (Sabach Sanjal District) and Central River Region (CRR) respectively. The first round of the cash transfer started on the 21st July 2020 in the Fonis, which was followed by LRR, NBR and CRR. As of September 01st the Nafa team has successfully registered and paid almost all the beneficiaries in the mentioned regions and the team is now strategizing to start the URR on Friday 12th September 2020.

The cash transfer activities were accompanied with rigorous Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) interventions which were implemented using various approaches that included TV and Radio panel discussions, airing of recorded Spots and distribution of brochures.

Below is a summary of the beneficiary households registered and paid using an Open Data Kit (electronic capture) in each of the regions.  The team has covered thus far:

  1. West Coast Region (Fonis) = 7520,
  2. Lower River Region (LRR) = 12146,
  3. North Bank East (Sabach Sanjal District) = 2692 and
  4. Central River Region (CRR) = 23, 593.

In total the team has reached 45, 951 beneficiary households.

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