Humanitarian Aid/Grant Administration
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The Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria, surging banditry violence in the northwest, incessant farmer/herder conflict in the Middle Belt, and a growing Cameroonian refugee population in the south have contributed to a complex humanitarian crisis and an increasing need for humanitarian intervention and aid in Nigeria.

Presently, over 1.8 million people are displaced from their homes and sources of livelihood, yet Nigeria continues to experience extreme access constraints and other challenges to humanitarian aid/grant administration. Over the years, several factors have made the process of humanitarian aid/grant administration in the country very challenging and complex.

Factor Affecting Humanitarian Aid/Grant Administration

The factors affecting the administration and delivery of aid in Nigeria vary from operational to security challenges, but can be categorized under the following subheadings;

  • Tedious Registration Process

For some unknown reasons, the registration processes for humanitarian organizations at federal and state levels have become ambiguous; states are beginning to implement independent local laws that result in additional conditions for humanitarian activities to operate in certain areas. All of which are beginning to affect how various local and international aid organizations reach those displaced and in need in various states and communities.

  • Movement and Communication Restrictions

In combatting the insecurity and insurgency in many of the affected areas, restrictions in movements and communications have been enforced, and this has affected the logistics and transfer of aids/grants to individuals and communities in need.

  • Insecurity

A major challenge aid organizations have faced over time is that their staff have become targets for kidnapping and attacks. Armed groups have attacked and damaged the facilities of aid organizations posing a challenge to the administration of the tasks of these organizations.  

  • Aid/Grant Diversion

Nigeria is still actively battling the menace of corruption in its systems, and this sector has not been spared. Because of the nefarious activities of corrupt officials at various touchpoints, aid organizations and aid donors have had to spend millions monitoring and ensuring that donated aid gets to the intended beneficiaries.

A Better Way: AidCard Systems

Technology has made a lot of things easier including aid/grant administration in countries like Nigeria. An innovative startup AidCard Systems is using technology to automate the process of aid/grants administration and bypass the inefficiencies and challenges of the traditional means of humanitarian aid/grant administration and delivery.

Utilizing a uniquely designed system, AidCard System is solving the above-stated problems for aid-givers, donors, and aid organizations.

  • Bypassing Tedious Registration Processes.   

With the AidCard Systems solution, aid-givers and organizations no longer need to register a physical office in the country to make an impact in the lives of individuals in need. The AidCard System allows donors to make their donations from whatever location in the world, the aid is received and administered to the beneficiaries through a network of local vendors living in those communities.

  • Reduced Cost of Operations

With no physical office to maintain, the welfare of staff, and no need for a large number of field agents the costs of aid delivery is drastically reduced, and these extra funds can be channeled into the appeal for more assistance to reach more individuals in need or the running of the organization to enable it to support future causes.

  • Logistics

The challenges and gruesome task associated with the movement of aid materials from one part of the country to areas of impact is bypassed. AidCard System achieves this by working with local vendors in affected areas and communities who use donations to get aid items in popular demands by the beneficiaries, and the beneficiaries access any of these aid items using their unique aid cards.

  • Aid Diversion

The issue of aid diversion from the intended beneficiaries has been an issue of major concern for many aid-organization, thus lots of money are being spent on aid impact monitoring and evaluation by employing field agents, etc. With AidCard Systems, an innovative tokenized system is used that enables the aid to get straight to the intended end-beneficiaries with the donors being able to track and see how the distributed aid/grant is expended by their beneficiaries in real-time through the system.

  • Security

The AidCard Systems model has been uniquely designed in a way that protects the donors, AidCard workers from security threats posed in the areas of conflict. Working with local vendors who have a vast knowledge of the areas, understand the language, and know-how to navigate the territory, reduces the risk of security attacks on the aid distribution value chain.

The task of preventing a major collapse in humanitarian activities, averting a humanitarian crisis, and alleviating the suffering of individuals displaced from their homes by either insecurity, terrorism, or other disasters is the work of everyone, and AidCard Systems is contributing its quota to achieving this. You can be a partner in this process, by working with AidCard Systems in assisting those in need.

Click Here to get in contact with AidCard Systems to become an aid-giver.


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