Photo credit: Rebecca Blum/IRC
The International Rescue Committee sees electronic payments as 'game-changing'
Khadija, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, uses an ATM card to spend money on medicine for her grandson. The money comes from the cash transfer program of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Thanks to IRC's work, 42,000 households receive cash transfers that amount to a cash value of $ 8.7 million. The IRC joined the Better Than Cash Alliance in support of their commitment to provide essential services within the first 72 hours of crisis. “We are committed to impactful economic support to populations affected by crisis,” said David Miliband, President & CEO of IRC. The IRC encourages market-sensitive interventions at all stages of the humanitarian response, and will engage with the Alliance to integrate digital payments throughout its programs.