In places where markets are functioning, UN in Rwanda through the work of United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) is increasingly providing cash transfers to vulnerable people. Cash transfers to refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have increased by 60 percent since 2014. New food assistance approach enable households to diversify their diets and purchase nutritious food items that are not provided by UNWFP, such as fresh vegetables. As well as meeting the immediate food needs of those requiring food assistance, cash transfers can also have a positive impact on the local economy with traders gaining new customers.
My interest for the UN started when I saw how their work was built on working within the different regions that needed their help, not only being situated in the country where the organisation was started but going to the field.