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UK to channel Ksh. 717 Million Covid-19 cash directly to slum families


The UK has announced support of approximately KES 717 million of UK aid to help cushion 50,000 vulnerable people and families living in the informal settlements of Nairobi and Mombasa from the negative economic impacts of COVID-19.

The support will be channelled through mobile cash transfers and will help some of the families worst affected by the pandemic, meet their most pressing needs – such as paying rent, purchasing food or other basic items.

The mobile cash transfer is part of UK’s wider support to Kenya in addressing impacts of COVID-19 in Kenya.


This will be delivered through UK aid funded Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) which has helped deliver timely and predictable cash transfers to up to 600,000 people vulnerable households in four northern Kenya counties since 2007.


HSNP has over the years helped families cope with shocks such as drought and floods and will now temporarily support the urban poor cope with COVID-19.


The UK will continue to work in close partnership with the Kenyan government to tackle the spread of coronavirus, through strengthening the health system and support businesses to protect Kenyan jobs.