The World Food Programme (WFP) Gambia office is at an advance stage for the launching of the platform dubbed the SCOPE Card.
Ahead of the launching, the WFP organised a four-day training on the implementation of the SCOPE Card in The Gambia from the 10th-13th November 2015 at its office in Cape Point Bakau.
SCOPE, as defined by the lead trainer is WFP’s beneficiary and transfer management platform.
Speaking at the training, Francis Abanzi, the head of programme at WFP Gambia, welcomed the lead trainer to WFP Gambia Country office. He thanked her for not only bringing the idea to The Gambia, but also for her readiness to train the WFP Gambia Country office staff and partners on the implementation of the new innovation.
Abanzi went on to encourage all the participants to take the training seriously as implementation of new ideas like that of the SCOPE comes with challenges, which are mostly solved through proper comprehension of the idea.
For her part, the lead trainer, Sheela Mathew, expressed her joy and congratulated the WFP country office for not only accepting to implement the SCOPE Card but also being among the first countries to begin the implementation of this brilliant platform. She said about 29 countries are already engaged in the implementation of the SCOPE Card, adding that 8 have launched it whilst 21 are at the planning stages of the implementation.
She defined SCOPE as WFP’s beneficiary and transfer management platform, adding that it is also a single place to manage all assistance delivery from the beginning to the end.
Mathew attributed the adoption of such a platform to the fact that cash and voucher is scaling up in WFP’s operations worldwide and it requires a scalable solution.
She also spoke at length about the advantages of The SCOPE Card implementation in any Country Office of The United Nations World Food Programme. Mathew said SCOPE helps to communicate with the local service provider in any given country office. She also made mention that it can easily enrol an existing beneficiary in future interventions of WFP Country Offices.
She added that it can also run multiple interventions simultaneously, user friendly technology, prevent, detect and eliminate duplicate entries of beneficiaries. It powers new ways to deliver food assistance, ensures right persons get right assistance and increases the value of resources.
She concluded by describing the Scope as reliable, flexible and scalable.