Humanitarian Cash Transfers: Six Things We Know and One (Big) Thing We Don’t

by Theodore Talbot
Center for Global Development (CGD), 2015

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What do you picture when you hear ‘humanitarian aid’? Most of us imagine temporary shelter to help people get back on their feet after a natural disaster, or food supplies and clothing to help refugees for a few weeks after they have fled a conflict. Those images are increasingly out of touch with what’s happening on the ground. There is a growing consensus that humanitarian cash transfers can help to bridge the widening gap between needs and resources, empowering people affected by disaster and using local markets to deliver the goods and services we previously thought only aid agencies could provide.

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