The World’s ‘Most Humanitarian’ ATM

Over 600,000 Syrian refugees live in Jordan where they rely on monthly cash grants to pay for food, water and other basic needs.

The practice of distributing cash is a particularly effective form of delivering humanitarian aid as it avoids costs such as transport, storage and distribution of more traditional forms of relief commodities such as food, buckets and blankets. It also provides choice thereby allowing beneficiaries to decide their own priorities.

Using biometric identity verification avoids many of the issues that can occur with bank cards such as forgotten PIN codes, loss, or the card being used by someone else.

Jordan is the first country in the world to use iris scanning technology for a refugee cash assistance program.