18 German-supported forecast-based financing in Bogra, Bangladesh, cash distribution pilots during 2016 monsoon flood
The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) at the end of July and the beginning of August 2016 conducted several distributions of humanitarian cash assistance to 1,700 families in Bogra district severely affected by monsoon floods, as part of the forecast-based financing (FbF) programme in the country, supported by the German Foreign Ministry and Red Cross. The FbF disbursements came after the flood peak. They served as pilots – the first under the programme in Bangladesh – for a new money-transfer system via mobile phones being undertaken in conjunction with Bangladesh Post Office. The FbF cash grants – of 5,000 taka (65 US dollars) per househod – were distributed on 2 and 3 August in several villages or union parishads in Bogra: Kamalpur, Kazla and Bhandarbaris 3, 6 and 7. In a separate exercise, the BDRCS branch in Nilphamari district distributed cash for food to 1,000 families. The Red Crescent cash assistance was intended to be spent on food, animal fodder, medicine and transport.
The photo shows BDRCS volunteers checking the phone of a beneficiary in Kazla on 2 August. (Photo: Olaf Neussner/German Red Cross)