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In July this year, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the new regional headquarters for the international charity, World Vision. Here, Kenyatta experienced how the LMMS beneficiary registration and project set-up works through participating in a demonstration focused on the distribution segment with their latest innovation, the electronic voucher.

The president was issued a beneficiary card with his photo on it and then taken through the process of purchasing items from a merchant shop, in order to experience first-hand how a user would shop and receive goods with the E-Voucher and essentially learn about the benefits of Last Mile Mobile Solutions (LMMS). As a technology enthusiast, Kenyatta was impressed by the innovation.

The ‘last mile’ is the critical stage of humanitarian aid delivery where essential supplies reach the people most affected by disasters. To strengthen efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of this stage of humanitarian service delivery, in 2008 World Vision in collaboration with the IT industry, developed the technology.

LMMS digitises and consequently simplifies beneficiary registration, verification, distribution planning and management, and monitoring and reporting. This in turn improves remote data collection, helps manage aid recipients and enables faster and fairer aid distributions, as well as delivering rapid reporting to aid workers.

President Kenyatta experiencing World VIsion's e-voucher innovation

The LMMS technology works for the sector because of its ability to function offline in remote locations with or without limited internet connection, telephone access and no electricity.