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Cash in Turkey

Learning from the Turkish Red Crescent’s comprehensive humanitarian cash programmes in Turkey

In this section, it is possible to explore how the Turkish Red Crescent manages its multiple cash programmes and learn more about the world’s largest humanitarian cash programme implemented in collaboration with IFRC. The Turkish Red Crescent (Türk Kızılay) has been at the forefront of large-scale humanitarian cash programming for a decade. Its sector-leading Kızılaykart Platform enables simultaneous implementation of multiple cash assistance programmes, supporting vulnerable refugees in Turkey, through ‘Kızılaykart’ (debit card).

Through EU funding, Turkish Red Crescent and IFRC are implementing the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) – the largest humanitarian cash programme in the world. Right now, via the ESSN, more than 1.8 million refugees in Turkey receive regular monthly cash assistance, enabling people to decide for themselves how to cover essential needs such as food, rent, transport, bills and medicine.