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Does Cash-Plus Programming Work in Contexts of Protracted Crises?

March 2024 — By Carolina Holland-Szyp, Jeremy Lind, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Cash-plus programmes aim to strengthen food security and livelihoods by providing cash transfers alongside complementary support and services. In stable settings, these programmes can, to some extent, draw on established public services and administrative capacities. Yet, increasingly they are used in protracted crises – namely, situations characterised by conflict, violence, displacement and climate shocks – despite the challenges that such situations present.

As implementation of these programmes in protracted crises expands, this Policy Briefing asks whether cash-plus programming is fit-for-purpose in such settings, and offers recommendations for enhancing its effectiveness.