Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) disbursed Kshs. 623,255,100 (equiv.£4.65million) to to 98,492 regular households across four Northern Kenya's arid Counties of Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera (see graphs below) on 18 May 2017 . Each household received a bi-monthly cash transfer value of Kshs. 5,400 (equiv.£40). HSNP regular cash transfers are paid to the poorest and most vulnerable households across the four Counties. Further, HSNP scales up to additional households during emergencies of drought and floods. For both regular and emergency households, cash is loaded into their active Equity bank accounts and accessed using debt ATM cards at designated Equity bank payment agents located within their sub-locations. Access to these payment is free of charge at the payment agents. HSNP communicates with the grassroots HSNP target audience via multiple channels that include public barazas (with chiefs, assistant chiefs and village elders), mass MIS enabled SMS alerts, local radio stations, programme officers to mention but a few. 60% of recipients of HSNP regular cash are women, meaning HSNP is enabling inclusion of financial services to rural remote women in the Arid Northern parts of Kenya. HSNP is co-financed by Governments of Kenya and the United Kingdom (UKaid). For more about HSNP trend analysis click HSNP Dashboard
The total amount of cash transfers disbursements reflects the poverty status of the specific sub-County and County. Turkana has the highest number of poverty as reflected by the wealth ranking of the households and confirmed by the Kenya Households Integrated Budget Survey (KHIBS) of 2006. An external evaluation by Oxford Policy Management (OPM) (see graph below) revealed that HSNP households use the cash transfers on: food (meat, vegetable, milk, sugar, rice, maize and beans), settling debts, clothing, household items, education expenditure and livestock (goats, sheep).