In northern Kenya, drought caused by climate change brought also a surge in cash transfers to farmers. Millions have been invested, but locals claim they haven’t received the promised financial support.
Kenya’s auditor general has reported that billions of Kenyan shillings were unaccounted for at the responsible government agencies. Others told us the flaws come from a combination of poor communication, low-level corruption, and delayed delivery.
As countries turn more and more often to cash transfers in cases of hunger and poverty – and now as they respond to COVID-19 economic disruption – this investigation into the particular cash transfer program shows it’s not always the corruption-free, transparent solution its supporters claim it to be.