JORDAN / BIOMETRIC SCANNING

19-Jan-2016 00:02:14
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited an iris scanning identification programme during a visit to Jordan, where about 85 percent of the 630,000 Syrian refugee live in cities. The secure biometric programme ensures that the most vulnerable receive the cash assistance they need much faster and more easily, allowing them to pay for food and rent. UNHCR
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STORY: JORDAN / BIOMETRIC SCANNING
TRT: 02:14
SOURCE: UNHCR
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE

DATELINE 19 JANUARY 2016, AMMAN, JORDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, UNHCR Jordan registration centre
2. Med shot, man approaching registration window
3. Close up, man talking to UNHCR representative
4. Close up, keyboard
5. Med shot, UNHCR rep scanning girl
6. Various shots, HC Grandi being shown centre
7. Med shot, Al Karim family waiting to get their eye scans
8. Close up, daughters
9. Med shot, father picks up one of his twins
10. Close up, twin getting her scan
11. Close up, twin
12. Med shot, eldest daughter
13. Close up, Adnan getting scanned
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Nizar Al Karim, Refugee:
“The iris scan is good and I just use my eyes, and I withdraw the money.”
15. Various shots, father receiving eye scan
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Suib Niba Azaizeh, UNHCR Assistant Field Officer:
“They don’t have to go to the bank for enrollment, all they have to do is go there to get the cash. That is a big change.”
17. Med shot, father goes back to sitting with his family
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Suib Niba Azaizeh, UNHCR Assistant Field Officer:
“Anybody who is registered can be assisted, at the moment we are assisting 40,000 families. And the registered are around 150,000 families. We can actually assist all of those in two days.”
19. Various shots, HC Grandi being shown the mobile ATM
20. Med shot, girl smiles and gets her scan
21. Close up, eye scan on screen
22. Med shot, father speaking to staff person
23. Close up, father’s face
STORYLINE
Urban refugees arrive daily to the United Nations (UN) refugee agency (UNHCR) centre in Amman to register or to ask for financial help.

Registration allows UNHCR to record individual and family details and identification is through bio-metric iris scanning. The agency’s new high commission Filippo Grandi, in Jordan on his first official visit, was shown the technology.

SOUNDUP (English) Andrew Harper, UNHCR Representative in Jordan:
“Every day 42 cubicles can handle 2,500 to 3,000 people.”

The Al Karim family, twelve in all, are here for their biometric iris scan. Father Nizar helps his youngest twins with the biometric photo. The information also protects children, ensuring certain identification if they got lost or are kidnapped.

Then, there will be a home visit to determine if the family is eligible for cash assistance.
Getting the money will be quick and easy at a bank branch.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Nizar Al Karim, Refugee:
“The iris scan is good and I just use my eyes, and I withdraw the money.”

The Al Karim family is one of the first in the world to be part of this system. Once they’re scanned by UNHCR they won’t have to register at a bank or open an account - their eyes will deliver the money directly.

SOUNDBITE (English) Suib Niba Azaizeh, UNHCR Assistant Field Officer:
“They don’t have to go to the bank for enrollment, all they have to do is go there to get the cash. That is a big change.”

If there’s an emergency and more people need help, they’ll be able to receive money almost immediately.

SOUNDBITE (English) Suib Niba Azaizeh, UNHCR Assistant Field Officer:
“Anybody who is registered can be assisted, at the moment we are assisting 40,000 families. And the registered are around 150,000 families. We can actually assist all of those in two days.”

Another innovation soon to be rolled out around Jordan – cash caravans. They’re automatic teller machines on wheels.

The new system will also allow other UN agencies and NGOs to pool their contributions with UNHCR to make one monthly payment to refugees. This will save money on duplicate administration, money that will then go to those who need it most.
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