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Covid-19 urban cash transfer enters second phase

The second disbursement of the K20-billion- Covid19 Urban Cash Transfer Intervention is in progress.

This Intervention seeks to cushion 199,000 vulnerable households against the socio-economic impact of the Covid19 pandemic.

It is being implemented in geographically targeted poverty hotspots based on cities’ social-economic profiles and household vulnerability assessment.

Beneficiaries are elected ultra-poor, low-income households who primarily derive their livelihoods from the informal sector, and depend on piece-work and petty trading.

Payments to beneficiaries commenced in February 2021 with monthly cash injections of K35,000.

In a statement, Secretary for Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Isaac Katopola, has emphasized that the second disbursement is targeting two categories of vulnerable households.

These include all the households that got their January and February payments and newly verified households which will receive payments for February and March, with their last payment scheduled for next month.

Katopola further states that efforts are underway to assist households to complete their registration for them to get their cash payments through mobile money service providers.

The urban cash transfer programme is supported by the government of Malawi and its cooperating partners including UNICEF, the German Government through the KfW and GIZ, ILO, WFP, the Irish Embassy, the European Union and the World Bank.


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