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Cash-for-shelter pilot findings in CRS’s Typhoon Haiyan Response

2014 — By Susie Connolly

In order to explore possible strategies for shelter assistance that would also benefit local markets, a cash transfer pilot study was conducted in which beneficiaries received cash to purchase shelter materials and to hire labourers. CRS promoted disaster-resilient construction techniques and employed a phased approach in which beneficiaries were required to demonstrate completion of each phase according to these construction techniques before the subsequent phase of cash would be disbursed. In Leyte province, 49 households participated in a 3-phase pilot beginning in January 2014, and in Eastern Samar province, 18 households participated in a 2-phase pilot beginning in May 2014.

This document presents a summary of the findings from the pilot. The full version of the document including the methodology is available for download here.