Kenya—Hunger Safety Net Programme Phase 2 (HSNP2)

Client: U.K. Department for International Development

Duration: 2014-2017

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Kenya

Solutions: Economic Growth

The first phase of the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) in Kenya—from 2009 to 2012—reached 69,000 households in four northern counties with a cash transfer payment every two months. Phase 2 expands coverage within the same four counties: Marsabit, Mandera, Turkana, and Wajir.

Households receiving the regular bi-monthly cash transfers have been selected from the poorest 10 percent in each county, using a combination of Community-Based Targeting and Proxy Means Testing. The number of beneficiary households will gradually increase to 100,000. A scalable emergency cash transfer response to droughts will be built for 470,000 households, which will be provided with bank accounts and cards in advance to facilitate rapid transfers.

The goal of HSNP2 is to continue to reduce poverty, hunger, and vulnerability in the focus counties, resulting in better and more sustainable safety nets for poor and vulnerable households.

Sample Activities

  • Build capacity and sustainability of local partners.

  • Implement framework for emergency scale up.

  • Agree with stakeholders to recertification process for cash transfers

Select Results

  • Activated the HSNP Dashboard, allowing real time data about cash transfers and the process to be transferred online to and from field-level staff, improving service.

  • Completed the pilot re-targeting of cash transfer clientele.

  • Revised operations manual for wider HSNP programme.



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