Today, over 130 million people need humanitarian support to survive. Fortunately, new tools such as prepaid cards allow us to respond to these needs with increasing flexibility and efficiency. Today’s leading humanitarian agencies are increasing their use of prepaid cards in places like Jordan, the Philippines, Greece and Turkey, where payments infrastructure is relatively well-developed. In September 2016, the EU launched its largest-ever humanitarian project (with a budget of €348 million), that is expected to deliver cash assistance to one million refugees in Turkey through prepaid cards.
This report from ELAN explores the actors involved, insights and recommendations.