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Cash Assistance in Lebanon: Accountability to Affected Populations

29 October 2019 — By Gabrielle Smith, The CALP Network

The international humanitarian response to the devastating Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon has grown steadily since 2011 and, today, cash and voucher assistance (CVA) comprises over a third of this assistance. The World Food Programme (WFP) started implementation of its multi-purpose cash (MPC) programme in late 2017, providing assistance for 23,000 severely vulnerable Syrian refugee households. The MPC assistance is delivered through joint delivery systems shared with other actors, including UNHCR and UNICEF.

This report, produced by CAMEALEON and the CALP Network, generates evidence on how CVA innovations and operational models are working in practice, including from the perspective of recipients. This report presents research into factors affecting accountability to affected populations (AAP) in relation to WFP’s Lebanon MPC programme to contribute to strengthening the programme, as well as wider sectoral learning on AAP of cash assistance delivered at scale.