Yesterday, UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, spent International Women’s Day in Turkana, meeting beneficiaries of the UK Aid supported Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP).
The HSNP is a Kenyan Government flagship cash transfer programme that delivers social protection assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable households in Northern Kenya.
Cash transfers are one of the few interventions that can reach the poorest, quickly, and at scale. It is a key intervention for getting to zero poverty and leaving no-one behind, particularly women and girls and people living with disabilities.
Speaking yesterday in Turkana, where H.E President Kenyatta delivered an additional Ksh57.97Million in drought emergency support, Mr Hailey revealed that with support from UK Aid, the 228,000 regular beneficiaries in the region had been increased by an additional 131,000 since last September to help them cope with drought.
UK-supported Hunger Safety Net programme. 228,000 regular beneficiaries in Turkana; we’ve scaled up to 131,000 more coping with drought pic.twitter.com/8PHaMyf3CB
— Nic Hailey (@HCNicHailey) March 8, 2017
The payments mean beneficiaries “can go to the shops, by the food they need and buy the commodities they might need to support their families,” he said.
While in Turkana, the High Commissioner, also caught up with Governor Josphat Nanok to discuss UK Aid support and Tullow Oil investments.
In January, Tullow Oil announced a new oil discovery in Kenya, at the northern limit of the South Lockichar basin.