GENEVA / REFUGEES CASH AID

16-Dec-2016 00:01:33
The UN’s refugee agency said 2016 has been a record year for cash-based aid programmes for refugees, adding that there has been a significant change in the way the world’s refugee crises are managed. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / REFUGEES CASH AID
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 DECEMBER 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“This year, 2016, has been a record year for cash-based aid for refugees and other displaced people an expected USD 430 million in cash is likely to be going to people in need by year’s end. Why this is important, it really reflects a very significant development in how aid is being delivered, how human rights being delivered to people in immediate need, in refugee situations around the world”.
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
”With eight out of 10 refugees living in cities, often with either limited or no access to legal employment, cash aid is now critical to across a large number of sectors – from health and food shelter to helping people meet basic needs”.
6. Wide shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
”For the individual refugee, the importance of this kind of aid, it really does empower people to look after their own priorities, to decide their own needs –freed from having to queue or travel to receive a one size-fits-all-aid, people can buy their own food, fuel, clothes, medicine, they can pay for rent , they can do really want depending on their personal priorities. It also has a benefit for local economies and tends to foster positive relations with host communities”.
8. Med shot, journalists
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The UN’s refugee agency said 2016 has been a record year for cash-based aid programmes for refugees, adding that there has been a significant change in the way the world’s refugee crises are managed.

Speaking today (16 Dec) to reporters in Geneva, the UN’s refugee agency spokesperson Adrian Edwards said "this year, 2016, has been a record year for cash-based aid for refugees and other displaced people -- an expected USD 430 million in cash is likely to be going to people in need by year’s end. " He added, “Why this is important, it really reflects a very significant development in how aid is being delivered, how human rights being delivered to people in immediate need, in refugee situations around the world.”

Traditionally, aid has been largely delivered through in-kind support. But with the increasing amount of refugees worldwide, UNHCR has shifted its approach to aid programmes.
Edwards also said, "With eight out of ten refugees living in cities, often with either limited or no access to legal employment, cash aid is now critical to across a large number of sectors – from health and food shelter to helping people meet basic needs.”

UNHCR is working with other agencies and the private sector to streamline aid with more benefits for refugees and their donors.

According to Edwards the advantages for the refugees are several. He said “for the individual refugee, the importance of this kind of aid, it really does empower people to look after their own priorities, to decide their own needs –freed from having to queue or travel to receive a one size-fits-all-aid, people can buy their own food, fuel, clothes, medicine, they can pay for rent, they can do really want depending on their personal priorities. It also has a benefit for local economies and tends to foster positive relations with host communities.”

Cash has been part of UNHCR’s aid to refugees since the 1980’s, but it has been scaled up massively in recent years. In 2016 the UN Refugee Agency has pursued cash-based help programmes in 60 countries worldwide – that number doubled over the past four years.

UNHCR’s largest cash-based programmes in 2016 were in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan, Egypt, Kenya, Turkey and Yemen.
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