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Evaluation of cash transfer components of two ACF projects in Samangan and Day Kundi Provinces, Afghanistan

2012 — By Floor Grootenhuis and Josephine Hutton

ACF commissioned the evaluation of cash transfer components in two Food Security projects in Afghanistan. ACF was interested in understanding the effectiveness of the cash distribution methodology using the hawala system of moneychangers. Furthermore, ACF wanted to know whether specific targeting of women was appropriate and effective. The teams capacity to undertake quality assessments, develop suitable projects while managing these projects remotely, was also reviewed.

Overall the cash elements in both projects have been relatively effective at the basic level of reducing vulnerability, but there is much room for further growth. This may be a critical time for ACF to pause and truly reflect on the kind of impact and program it wishes to have and how best to bring this to fruition.