Mobile cash transfer pilot for PSNP clients in Lay Gayint and Tach Gayint Woredas of Amhara region, Ethiopia

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) entered into a cooperative agreement with FH Ethiopia (FHE) to implement a five-year DFSA-TRAIN project in support of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP). This FH-implemented project operates with the bilateral agreement entered between the United States and the FDRE. In addition to the food commodities provided to support the PSNP in seven Woredas1 of Amhara Region, USAID has also allocated resources to pilot cash payments in Lay Gayint and Tach Gayint Woredas. The cash transfer service is carried out through Amhara Credit and Saving Institution (ACSI).  The study aimed to understand mobile cash transfer effectiveness and satisfaction level of PSNP clients during the three rounds (January to March) e-payment in 2018. It mainly employed primary data obtained from survey interview on PSNP clients and FGDs with e-payment steering committees and Kebele administrators, KII. These data were complemented with secondary data obtained from e-payment project monitoring updates on weekly cash transfer, records of cash transfer milestone, Regional e-payment steering committee minutes, and Government assessment on unpaid clients.