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Cash-Based Safety Nets for Livelihood Support in Northeastern Somalia: A Feasibility Study for Save the Children UK and Horn Relief

2011 — By Thomas Gabrielle , Michele Nori

This study looks at the need for and feasibility of cash-based safety net programming within the operational areas of Save the Children UK and Horn Relief in Northeastern Somalia. The success of recent emergency cash transfer programs in Somalia permit the question of whether cash-based programs are applicable for more profound social protection.

This study tries to answer some basic questions about the need, appropriateness, and potential effectiveness of such programs and whether they can complement existing safety net systems and fill the social support gap. Ultimately, the key question is whether a cash-based safety net program can assist in reducing chronic poverty and vulnerability to shocks for Northeastern Somalia.