Project profile — Sudan Family Support Program


IBRD Trust Funds - World Bank (44001)
2021-03-22 - 2028-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Sudan (100.00%)


• Social/welfare services:
Social/welfare services (16010) (95.00%)
Social protection and welfare services policy, planning and administration (16011) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (significant objective)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to reduce the impacts of the removal of subsidies on the Sudanese population. These subsidies help to make goods like food and fuel more affordable, so their removal is expected to cause financial challenges for families. This project works to provide capacity-building support to the Government of Sudan as it builds a social safety net program. Project activities include: (1) providing a cash transfer to vulnerable families for up to 80% of the Sudanese population; (2) offering financial literacy sessions to those who have not had a bank account or used mobile money before; and (3) strengthening the Government of Sudan’s capacity to implement safety net programs by offering technical assistance in areas such as payment delivery, grievance mechanisms, and monitoring. Canada is one of many donors contributing to this larger program, which is managed by the World Bank and implemented through the Government of Sudan and the World Food Programme. This project expects to reach up to 80% of the Sudanese population (over 30 million people) with cash transfers, including 30% women-headed households.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased capacity of Sudanese families to respond to the shock of economic reforms (including the removal of subsidies upon which many Sudanese rely for food, fuel and other essentials); and (2) increased capacity of the Government of Sudan to build a social safety net system to provide support to the poorest and most vulnerable in Sudan.

Results achieved 

Results achieved by the World Bank through the support of the Government of Canada and other international donors as of October 2021 include: (1) transferred US$5 a month to 1,393,139 families to support them in the difficult economic context; (2) opened a basic bank account for 567,000 families; and (3) registered 813,000 families for mobile money transfers. Results 2 and 3 are aimed at increasing the families’ connections to the formal financial system for Sudanese families, which can make it easier for them to access other forms of funding and other ways of supporting themselves.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Basket funds/pooled funding
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