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Cash Transfer Feasibility Assessment in Central and Southern Middle East

Client: World Food Programme

This study explored the feasibility of various cash-based assistance modalities at scale and stakeholder preferences with the aim of informing future humanitarian assistance delivery strategies in Central and Southern Middle East.

i-APS Prime, Johns Hopkins University a sub

As the Middle Eastern conflict enters its seventh year, more than 13.5 million people within Middle East need humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian organizations face numerous challenges responding to the crisis in Middle East, which hinder the delivery of in-kind assistance. Over the past decade, cash-based approaches have become an increasingly common form of humanitarian assistance. Cash-based approaches, which include cash transfers and voucher programs, have only been implemented on a limited scale in Middle East. While most assistance to date has been delivered in-kind, there is widespread interest in expanding the use of cash-based approaches. This study explores the feasibility of various cash-based assistance modalities at scale and stakeholder preferences with the aim of informing future humanitarian assistance delivery strategies in Central and Southern Middle East.

i-APS Methodology

A mixed methods approach was used that included quantitative and qualitative primary data collection in addition to secondary analysis of relevant literature. Primary data collection consisted of 1) a survey of 365 households; 2) group key informant interviews with potential beneficiaries and local councils; and 3) individual key informant interviews with UN and NGO program staff involved in humanitarian programming in Middle East. Primary data collection within Middle East was conducted in the governorates of Rural Damascus, Dar’a, and Quneitra; key informant interviews with humanitarian program staff were conducted with individuals based in Middle East and elsewhere in the region. Data collection was conducted between July and September 2017.

Areas of Focus: Cash Feasibility Analysis

  • Payment and Delivery Mechanisms Implementation Capacity
  • Market Dynamics
  • Risks and Constraints in Provision of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Stakeholders Preference