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

In September 2018, CaLP launched a collection of research and practice papers on Gender and Cash. The papers are available to download as a collection or individually at the links below.

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.

Download the Collected Papers:

Collected Papers on Gender and Cash Transfer Programmes in Humanitarian Contexts (Full report) (English) (French)

  • Setting the Stage: What we know (and don’t know) about the effects of cash-based interventions on gender outcomes in humanitarian settings 
    (English) (French)
    Prepared for UN Women by Claire A. Simon
  • Gender and Cash-Based Programming in Malawi: Lessons from Concern Worldwide’s humanitarian and development experience (English) (French)
    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 (English) (French)
    Prepared for World Food Programme by Zalynn Peishi, Independent Consultant
  • Reviewing the Linkages between Gender, Market Assessments and Market-based Interventions (English) (French)
    Desiree Zwanck Lwambo and Simon Renk, Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Unit’s Gender and Markets Initiative, WFP West Africa
  • Gender and Cash Transfers: Implications of intrahousehold decision making on nutrition of women and children in Ethiopia (English) (French)
    Linda Anne Lumbasi, Trinity College Dublin/University College Dublin
  • “Breaking Barriers to Girls’ Education by Breaking Cycles of Poverty” Cash Transfers in South Sudan: A Case Study (English) (French)
    Naomi Clugston, Girls’ Education South Sudan/ Charlie Goldsmith Associates
  • Tackling the Integration of Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response and Cash-Based Interventions (English) (French)
    Tenzin Manell, Women’s Refugee Commission
  • Humanitarian Cash Transfer Programming and Gender-based Violence Outcomes: Evidence and Future Research Priorities (English) (French)
    Allyson Cross, Tenzin Manell and Melanie Megevand
  • Can cash transfers in humanitarian contexts help prevent, mitigate, and respond to gender-based violence? A review of the evidence (English)

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.

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?

Video from CaLP’s Gender Symposium, February 2018

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.

Interviews from the Symposium on Gender and Cash Based Assistance