Rwanda introduces IT-based food aid distribution system

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 4 May 2020 at 11:16

City of Kigali authorities have announced that a new ICT-based system dubbed ‘Ngira Nkugire Management System’ is to be introduced to streamline the way food aid is currently distributed to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and more transparency.

While the government has partially lifted lockdown, some people remain jobless and the system will help to easily identify those in need of food aid due to the effects of COVID-19.

“The government through a consulting company has developed a donation collection and distribution tool in order to help in the management and follow up on food distribution to families affected by COVID-19,” says the announcement.

‘Ngira Nkugire Management system’ is intended to facilitate the government in identifying and registering affected people, to manage and to distribute aid being provided. The system will ensure that beneficiaries get donations properly and also identify those who are yet to get foods and other basic living needs.

“The system will have the list of needy people, show those who have received the aid and quantity of the foods as well as those who are yet to get food and ensure they get it the next round.”

Prof.Anastase Shyaka, the Local Government Minister explained that the number of people who receive food rations could decrease following the partial lifting of the lockdown.

“People who will resume work will no longer receive food,” he said.

He stated that reforms are going to be undertaken among those who were getting food aid so as to remain with those whose jobs are still on lockdown.

“Those to continue getting support include motorcyclists whose jobs are still under lockdown and many others. We are going to discuss with concerned institutions to identify people whose jobs are still on lockdown,” he said.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) says that as a result of the current economic crisis caused by the pandemic, almost 1.6 billion informal workers, out of the global workforce of 3.3 billion, have suffered great damage to their capacity to earn a living.

“People who will resume work will no longer receive food,” said Prof.Anastase Shyaka