Food Bank operations go digital

21 Nov 2018 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare here on Wednesday launched the SCOPE operating system, replacing the paper-based manual system of registering Food Bank beneficiaries.
The SCOPE system is a software digital management information system that will aid the ministry in the registration of beneficiaries, the process of distributing food parcels as well as in reporting, monitoring and evaluation.
Minister Zephania Kameeta at the launch said the system can also be utilised in other social protection programmes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness and can be adapted to assist in the streamlining of the fragmented social protection systems.
The ministry is implementing the programme, which is further aimed at supporting capacity development, in partnership with the World Food Programme.
Kameeta said the government has been implementing social protection programmes since the attainment of independence. These range from the Old Age, Disability, Child Maintenance and War Veterans grants as well as school feeding and drought relief programmes.
The Food Bank programme is the latest initiative in social protection.
“The Food Bank programme is a short-term immediate intervention meant to address hunger poverty amongst the urban and peri-uban poor,” noted Kameeta.
The programme is currently benefiting about 17 000 beneficiaries in the Khomas, //Kharas, Hardap, Kavango East and West regions and the ministry is planning to cover the Ohangwena, Kunene and Zambezi regions during the current financial year, added Kameeta.
World Food Programme Regional Director, Lola Castro on her part said WFP continues to work with government to promote the adoption of technology as a means of enhancing efficiency of programme delivery.
Castro said the SCOPE pilot is an improved technology that digitises beneficiary registration and capture biometric data enabling the ministry “to know the people they are serving better and to serve them in an efficient manner”.
The digital system is currently being employed in over 44 countries globally through the World Food Programme.