3ie Systematic Review 28

Cash-based approaches in humanitarian emergencies

3ie Systematic Review 28, 2016

This is the first systematic review that assesses and synthesises existing evidence on the effects of cash-based approaches on individual and household outcomes in humanitarian emergencies. Findings suggest that both cash-based approaches and in-kind food assistance can be effective means of increasing household food security among conflict-affected populations and maintaining household food security among food insecure and drought-affected populations. Each assistance modality has different advantages and disadvantages that should be considered in the design of future interventions. However, no definitive conclusions on the effectiveness of cash transfer or voucher programmes could be drawn that are widely applicable for humanitarian policy.

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