by Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Martina Ulrichs, Rebecca Holmes et al.
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), January 2017
The world is now experiencing the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war. The majority of humanitarian aid provides only short-term isolated support to the long-term displaced. One such mechanism of support is cash transfers. While the impact of cash transfers on access to services and integration of displaced populations is understudied, evaluations have revealed their effectiveness in allowing refugees the flexibility to decide how to use money for their most urgent needs, keeping their children in school, and accessing and reducing social tensions.