Humanitarian Assistance Thematic Window

3ie is pleased to announce grants for seven impact evaluations under this thematic window. We are supporting rigorous, high-quality impact evaluations related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, multi-sectoral humanitarian programming and interventions targeting malnutrition.

The Humanitarian Assistance Thematic Window was launched in 2014 with the overall objective to improve the quality of life of those in humanitarian crises (natural disasters and complex emergencies) including improved recovery and resilience efforts through the efficient and timely delivery of humanitarian assistance.

3ie has launched three calls under this window. The first call was for impact evaluation of humanitarian assistance interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the second call was for an impact evaluation of the cash versus electronic vouchers pilot programme for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. The third call was for rigorous impact evaluations of initiatives aimed at preventing and/or treating moderate acute malnutrition in humanitarian situations.

This window is supported by several donors including USAID, UNOCHA-Common Humanitarian Pooled Fund in DRC, Danida, World Food Programme and DFID. 

Listed below are summaries of the on-going impact evaluations funded by 3ie. 

3ie-supported impact evaluations

WFP’s moderate and acute malnutrition treatment and prevention programmes in Sudan

This impact evaluation will look at the extent to which treatment and/or prevention of moderate and acute malnutrition (MAM) is an effective response to chronically high levels of acute malnutrition and therefore how it should be integrated into WFP’s and Sudan’s National Nutrition and Health strategic plans from 2017.

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WFP programme targeting moderate acute malnutrition in humanitarian situations in Chad

The findings from this impact evaluation are expected to provide insights for nutrition actors in Chad on the best design for addressing MAM in country and provide inputs for the current national nutrition protocol as well as influence WFP’s MAM programmes through its partners.

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Assessing the impact of conflict and the effects of WFP humanitarian interventions on moderate acute malnutrition and other developmental outcomes in Mali

This study will generate evidence on the effectiveness of WFP’s emergency operation interventions in Mali, and the impact of conflict on nutrition and health-related outcomes

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Impact evaluation of WFP malnutrition interventions in Niger

The impact evaluation will study the impact of Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation, a large scale WFP programme to reduce and prevent malnutrition in Niger, a chronically food insecure country.

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Improving the quality of care for children with acute malnutrition: cluster randomised controlled trial in West Nile region, Uganda

This impact evaluation will look at which are the most effective interventions to improve the quality of care delivered to children with malnutrition. This evaluation will particularly assess the effectiveness of supportive supervision offered by trained local health professionals at health centres.

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The effects of non-food item vouchers in a humanitarian context: the case of the Rapid Response to Movements of Population program in Democratic Republic of Congo

​This study investigates one of the largest humanitarian assistance programmes in eastern DRC - the Rapid Response to Population Movement programme implemented by UNICEF, UNOCHA and several NGOs. This evaluation will look at the effect of humanitarian assistance, specifically the provision of vouchers for non-food items, provided to recently displaced or returned persons, and vulnerable host families, on health and well-being outcomes.

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 Humanitarian aid and natural disasters: An impact evaluation in Pakistan

This evaluation will assess the enhanced capacity and flexibility of recovery interventions to respond quickly to natural disasters. It will also examine whether the improved design of such interventions leads to reduced overall community vulnerability to emergency shocks.

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EU/ECHO/Frederic Bonamy

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