Project Start

2017

Project Sector

Cash transfers

Beneficiaries to Date

338

EPRI

New possibilities for social protection

The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) works with Unicef in Nigeria to use Simprints to monitor the uptake of vital maternal health services and verify that women receive their cash disbursements, ultimately creating transparency and accountability in essential healthcare delivery.

Challenge

Over 75% of households in Northern Nigeria live under the poverty line, facing additional risk and instability from the threat of Boko Haram. Without regular access to essential services, such as healthcare, education, and finance, thousands of Nigerians are unable to escape the poverty trap.

Opportunity

In Northern Nigeria, women-focused cash transfer programmes are gaining traction as an effective tool to provide basic income, food- and child-oriented expenditures, and female employment opportunities for the poor. Simprints has joined the Unicef-EPRI partnership to extend not only MNCH health services, but also financial access to 13,000 female beneficiaries in Bauchi, Kebbi, and Adamawa.

Results

This project represents the first use of Simprints to enable financial access to beneficiaries who might not have robust, existing ID mechanisms, broadening the eligibility of who can participate in these lifesaving programmes.

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