Evidence of Payments Due
Niger has been implementing a new cash program using LMMS since December 2011. They became the first office to formalize the use of LMMS payment slips as shown below:
All cash payouts are handled by a third party financial provider in Niger (cash under LMMS can be paid out through NGO staff, through third party providers and also through mobile phone e-wallet transfers – additional distribution channels are also being planned for a future release). Every envelope prepared for the beneficiary in Niger under this WFP project, must now have the LMMS generated receipt included.
This simple practice helps ensure that the beneficiary of a cash payment program, receives full notice of what payment is due to them. They can cross reference what they are paid with what they expect to be paid. Its simple, but amazingly many of the cash programs I’ve seen by agencies, lack this kind of simple feedback mechanism! Haiti, having gone through its own reviews of how cash payouts are managed, has had a committee (got love committees) come together and endorse that all future cash programs using LMMS there, will also make use of this as a standard operating practice. Great.