WFP and UNICEF launch programme to support those affected by Cyclone
To support communities affected by cyclone Idai, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a joint voucher programme.
The programme is set to run from August 2019 – October 2019, supporting 100,000 people per month affected by the cyclone in the districts of Dondo and Nhamatanda, Sofala Province.
WFP and UNICEF aim to address the essential food, hygiene and household needs of vulnerable people by offering monthly vouchers worth MZN2670 ($US44). The vouchers are redeemable at seven different shops in Dondo and Nhamatanda and will be distributed by Food for the Hungry.
“By working together to provide vouchers for food, hygiene, and household items, WFP and UNICEF are able to help households purchase and prioritise what items are most essential for them and their families. Having this level of choice is important as the needs of families in these areas remain significant,” says Emergency Response Coordinator for WFP in Beira, Peter Rodrigues.
In addition to providing vouchers for basic food and household needs, the programme wants to promote best practice for nutrition and hygiene too.
Where possible WFP will use cash and voucher programmes to empower and stimulate economic recovery. How effective the joint programme is will be recorded and analysed in order to help humanitarians increase their efficiency in response to emergencies, if successful the cash-based approach could be applied to future incidents of this kind. Currently, UNICEF has reached over 120,000 people with its hygiene kits as part of the first line response.
“Thankfully, markets in much of Dondo and Nhamatanda districts are now fully restored, especially those close to commercial centres allowing UNICEF to move to a voucher approach in these areas, allowing families to choose themselves the hygiene and household items which they need most. However, in rural and hard to reach areas with limited functional markets, UNICEF will continue to support families in-kind,” said UNICEF’s Beira Team Leader, Eimar Barr.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.