The effectiveness and value for money of cash-based humanitarian assistance: a systematic review

Hannah Tappis, Shannon Doocy

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Abstract

This review aimed to assess evidence on effectiveness and value for money of cash-based humanitarian assistance. We followed standard procedures for review of (quasi) experimental studies and adapted procedures for studies reporting costs, cost-effectiveness, cost–benefit or cost–utility of unconditional cash transfer, conditional cash transfer and voucher programmes in humanitarian settings. Of 4094 identified studies, only five met effectiveness review inclusion criteria. These five, plus five others, met cost review inclusion criteria. Although limited conclusions about comparative effectiveness and value for money can be drawn from this review, findings do provide important insights for consideration in design and evaluation of programmes in crisis-affected settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-144
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Development Effectiveness
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

Keywords

  • Systematic review
  • cash transfer
  • cost effectiveness
  • humanitarian
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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