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Case Study

Enablers and Challenges when Integrating Cash, Nutrition and WASH Interventions in Humanitarian Contexts: A case study from South Sudan

2022 — By Francesca Battistin

This case study is one of a series of three. They were produced by Save the Children UK within the cross-country learning initiative on ’Resourcing Families for Better Nutrition (RF4BN) in humanitarian settings’, implemented in 2021 and 2022 in Afghanistan, South Sudan and Yemen.
Focused on South Sudan, this case study explores the enabling conditions and challenges in integrating Cash, Nutrition, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in contexts of acute malnutrition, as experienced by Save the Children staff in this project.
The study evolved around these overarching questions:
• What does ‘good integration’ look like in practice? If integration is ‘done well’, what is its added value in programmes aimed at reducing and preventing acute malnutrition? In other words, what happens/what should we observe when integration works well? And what happens when instead we do not integrate properly?
• What are the enabling conditions for integrated programming, according to the individuals who participated at different stages of the programme cycle?
• What were the challenges faced by team members in their efforts to integrate different types of intervention (cash transfers, nutrition, WASH) at different stages of the programme cycle? How were these challenges addressed by team members, and what are the strategies they employed to facilitate integration?