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Cash transfer in emergencies. How to do it, and whether it works. by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
August 28, 2006, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Development theory, If you have 30 mins

Disasters Journal this issue is focusing on cash transfers in emergencies, with a good editorial providing a basic introduction to the role of cash transfers in emergencies. Mercy Corps has two articles in this issue, some of which is available free on-line here.

Mercy Corps’ Michael Gabriel, Sean Collins and Peter Stevenson co-author with Shannon Doocy and Courtland Robinson from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on a paper titled “Implementing cash for work programmes in post-tsunami Aceh: experiences and lessons learned“. The abstract is below, but for those who can’t get enough, Development Policy Review is also offering free content on cash transfers, with articles entitled: “Cash Transfers: Panacea for Poverty Reduction or Money Down the Drain?“, and “Reducing Child Poverty with Cash Transfers: A Sure Thing?“. Click the links for free pdfs of those articles, to read the rest of the issue, you will need to make them a cash transfer…

Cash for work (CFW) programmes are utilised in various disaster and emergency contexts and were a prominent component of the tsunami response in Aceh province, Indonesia. This paper describes Mercy Corps’ CFW programme, discusses CFW implementation experiences and provides key recommendations for similar programmes in future emergencies. For the majority of CFW participants and their households, CFW was the only source of household income and 93 per cent of household incomes were attributable to it. The CFW programme empowered displaced populations to return to their communities; 91 per cent of participants indicated that CFW facilitated their return. Other reported psychosocial benefits included providing productive activities and giving communities an opportunity to work together. Mercy Corps’ experience in Aceh demonstrates that cash disbursements can be safely delivered in a widespread manner in emergencies, and that when implemented on a short-term basis, can have positive impacts at the individual and community level.”

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