Implementing cash for work programmes in post-tsunami Aceh: Experiences and lessons learned

Shannon Doocy, Michael Gabriel, Sean Collins, Courtland Robinson, Peter Stevenson

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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 percent 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-296
Number of pages20
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Cash for work
  • Cash interventions
  • Disaster recovery
  • Indonesia
  • Tsunami

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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