Cash Transfer Case Study




International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - The IFRC, together with the Hellenic Red Cross needed a method of distributing humanitarian aid to people of concern that was reliable and allowed complete transparency of fund allocation.


PFS rolled out a cash transfer programme to provide a discrete way of delivering aid to refugees and migrants in camps in Greece.

The solution also provided aid to vulnerable households in Greece to help cover heating expenses and electricity bills during the winter months.

Cardholder Card The SOLUTION

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, together with PFS, developed a solution which enabled the successful deployment of aid as part of a cash transfer programme.

This programme provided a cost-efficient means of fund delivery via a user-friendly online platform enabling help desk administrators to load funds, check balances, and block/unblock cards.

The Outcome

The solution provided assistance to more than 6,000 refugees and migrants over a 6-month period from October 2016 to April 2017.

In this video created by Mastercard, prepare to hold your breath as Howaida, a Syrian mother in Greece awaits approval on her first transaction on a Prepaid Card watched intently by her 3 children. Feel the emotion running through the video... Priceless.