We’re delivering cash to people who need it most, even in complex environments.
We’re giving cash to support at-risk and hard-to-reach communities.
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Pilot
2021 program that leveraged cell-phone usage data to remotely provide pandemic relief payments to families living in Kinshasa.
$25 monthly transfers for 6 months
These payments provided a safety net for recipients and their families during acute stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the poorest communes in Kinshasa.
Recipients reported spending on food, health care and other basic needs. This project was realized in close collaboration with the DRC Social Fund, which coordinates government social protection benefits.
World Bank, Fonds Social, Viamo, Vodacom
Contactless COVID-19 Response
Launched during the COVID-19 pandemic to remotely provide unconditional cash to vulnerable people in Goma, Beni, and Bunia. Recipients were identified on social registry lists by the DRC Social Fund.
$40 per month for 4 months
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we pivoted from an in-person enrollment model focused on rural poverty alleviation to a fully remote emergency relief program focused on urban families impacted by the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Most recipients reported using their transfers to purchase food: after receiving 4 months of payments, there was a 50% decrease in recipient-reported food insecurity. By sending cash via mobile money, the program was able to reach vulnerable communities in the context of a pandemic.
Fonds Social, World Bank
Cash+ Youth Benchmarking
2018 program that studied the relative impact of large cash transfers in rural and urban communities on young adults between 18-25 years old.
$500-$1,000— different transfer sizes were compared to measure impact per dollar
Youth living in urban areas reported spending their transfers differently than those in rural areas when surveyed by our staff. These variations reflect distinct market and infrastructure needs in each context.
Recipients living in urban areas predominantly spent their transfers to start or invest in businesses. Mean recipients in rural areas reported more diverse spending:
- 42% bought livestock or agricultural inputs, like animal feed and fertilizer
- 56% started or invested in an existing business,
- 38% built or improved their house
- 17% bought food
USAID, Catholic Relief Services, Education Development Center, University of California, Berkeley
Poverty in DRC
DRC is one of the five poorest nations in the world despite its abundance of natural resources, arable land, and potential for hydroelectric power. As of 2022, roughly 60M people (62% of the population) lived on less than $2.15 per day. Decades of conflict and instability have created a persistent humanitarian crisis, with millions of people forcibly displaced from their home communities. Nearly 1 in 6 people in extreme poverty in sub-saharan Africa live in DRC.
DRC ranked 164th out of 174 countries in the World Bank’s 2020 Human Capital Index (HCI) with a score of 0.38, below average for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This ranking is driven by factors like low survival rates of children under 5 years old, high rates of stunting and chronic malnutrition, and poor access to quality education. DRC is facing one of the largest hunger crises in the world, with over 35% of the population undernourished.