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Gender and Cash Transfer Programming 

CaLP launches ‘Collected Papers on Gender and Cash Transfer Programmes in Humanitarian Contexts’

On 12 September 2018, CaLP launched a collection of research and practice papers on Gender and Cash. The first three papers published as part of this collection are from UN Women, Concern Worldwide and World Food Programme.

The papers are available to download as a collection or individually using the links in the right hand column.

Initially made up of the research presented at CaLP’s Gender Symposium, which took place in February 2018, this collection will continue to be updated as new research becomes available. If you are interested in contributing a paper to the series, contact us for more information.



Why is this theme important?

Existing gender inequalities mean that disasters and conflicts impact women, men, girls and boys differently. Cash based assistance is one of the most significant developments in humanitarian assistance in recent years. But the relationship between gender and cash based assistance in humanitarian contexts is poorly understood.

All too often, interventions are designed based on assumptions rather than evidence. As a result, many cash based interventions fail to capitalise on opportunities to foster positive gender impacts or, worse still, have unintended negative consequences. There is need for change.  

 What should progress in this area look like?

In March 2018, an 'Agenda for Collective Action' was agreed following a symposium on Gender and Cash Based Assistance’ in Nairobi. The agenda outlines key areas for action as summarized below: 

  1. Commit to action. Ensure gender specific needs and impacts are considered in all cash based assistance in humanitarian contexts.
  2. Undertake research to address the multiple evidence gaps.
  3. Ensure assessments consider gender and mitigate against any gender-based violence or wider protection risks.
  4. Design programmes to address the causes of inequality.
  5. Monitor and respond to protection issues, including risks of gender based violence.
  6. Enable cash, gender and protection specialists to work together and ensure quality programming.

Making progress towards this will help deliver on global cash commitments as summarised in the Global Framework for Action and contribute to promoting gender equality in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5. 

The need is clear, and we have already committed to action.  Now is the time to act.

Current initiatives

The first in a series of papers on gender and cash based assistance is available now.  The papers, mainly written by practitioners, document experience and learning on a variety of issues including a review of literature on gender and cash transfers; how cash transfers have been used to support girl education; experience related to using cash transfers in matrilineal and patrilineal societies; cash transfers and GBV and much more.

If you are interested in contributing a paper to the series, contact us for more information.

Research on gender and cash based assistance.  We have just launched a new page which is gathering information about on-going and planned research.  Already some of the research on gender and cash has been added.  Do you have more?  If so, please add details.




Download the Collected Papers:

Collected Papers on Gender and Cash Transfer Programmes in Humanitarian Contexts (Full Report)

Setting the Stage: What we know (and don’t know) about the effects of cash-based interventions on gender outcomes in humanitarian settings 
Prepared for UN Women by Claire A. Simon

Gender and Cash-Based Programming in Malawi: Lessons from Concern Worldwide’s humanitarian and development experience 
Caoimhe de Barra, Concern Worldwide, and Elizabeth Molloy, C12 Consultants

How Cash and Food Transfers and Asset Creation Can Contribute to Women’s Empowerment: Learning from Niger, Kenya and Zimbabwe 
Prepared for World Food Programme by Zalynn Peishi, Independent Consultant

Training Courses & Materials

Protection in CBIs -Training Materials (external link - download)

Evidence and Other Resources

Collected Papers on Gender and Cash Transfer Programmes in Humanitarian Contexts

The impact of cash transfers on women and girls (external link)

Cash transfers during urban crises: lessons for women’s economic empowerment (external link)

Protection Outcomes in Cash based Interventions: A literature review (external link)

How to: Tools and Guidelines

WRC Toolkit: Optimizing CBI for Protection from GBV (external link)

IASC Gender Handbook (check the chapter on CTP) (external link)

Protection in CBI - Risks and Benefits Analysis Tool (external link)

News and discussions

The transformative power of giving young women cash (external link)

Cash transfers: What’s gender got to do with it? (external link)

Not what she bargained for? Gender and the Grand Bargain (external link)

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