Every month, thousands of Syrian refugee families in Jordan are eager to see their monthly financial assistance reach their bank accounts. UNHCR provides a monthly amount of money to Syrian refugees in need of assistance, however, not having enough funds to provide financial assistance to everyone, the agency decided to set up a refugee identification process in a SMART way.
Initially, when the UNHCR launched its cash assistance programme, it was distributing money to refugees, who received bank cards and personal identification numbers to make withdrawals. But too often, cards were lost or pin codes were forgotten, and sometimes refugees would also give their cards to another family when they would move. To overcome these difficulties, UNHCR decided to use biometric data for the cash assistance project. Cairo Amman Bank, UNHCR’s partner, who was keen to promote its role within the local society and its components, and the use of its services and banking products to serve its purposes, opted for one of S2M’s global solution integrating the biometrics module for optimal efficiency.
As a world premiere, UNHCR Jordan, Cairo Amman Bank (CAB), S2M & IrisGuard are presenting today the latest innovation in financial assistance to refugees.
The EyeCloud © project relies exclusively on UNHCR’s biometric registration data for inclusion in the financial assistance programme. Based on the fundamental innovation of financial assistance via banking and biometric technologies, this project has set stricter standards for next-generation assistance. When listening to the concerns of refugees, there is no doubt that a monetary compensation programme enhances their dignity by giving them access to assistance without undergoing the traditional approach of having to wait in line to receive items outside the premises of an aid organization. This is particularly important for the most vulnerable refugees, widows with children, the elderly, the sick and the disabled.