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Cash-for-Work: when do we do it by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
June 28, 2007, 10:36 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, If you have time for longer reading!

‘Cash-for-Work’ always seems to me like one of those really bad euphemisms. Doesn’t it just mean getting paid to do something – what most of us call ‘jobs’? We ran into problems with this in New Orleans when we were told that it looked like a way to avoid paying people the minimum wage! Meanwhile, in the rest of the world, the term seems to have stuck.

Cash-for-Work is a rapid post-emergency methodology that enables agencies to get cash into the hands of those affected by the disasters, conflict or development challenges and can serve as a first step back to self reliance and independence. At the same time it can provide human resource injection to rapidly repair or rehabilitate community infrastructures. Mercy Corps has just produced a set of guidelines for how they do their CfW programming.
The first 20 pages talk through the advantages and disadvantages of CfW and give criteria for how to determine whether or not it is a useful intervention or not which is probably interesting to the generalist. A step by step guide to setting up a CfW program is more interesting to the CfW practitioner. For people wanting more in depth information about CfW Oxfam is another of the thought leaders on these types of programs. Their evaluation of CfW in 5 countries might be an interesting place to start.

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