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External Evaluation of SDC/HA Emergency Cash Pilot For Earthquake Affected Households in Bubq, Albania

15 April 2020 — By Ruth Aggiss / Valbona Lenja

In November 2019, Albania was hit by a large earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4, causing 51 people to lose their lives and injuring 913 people. Around 47,000 additional people were directly affected by the earthquake. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) immediately deployed a rapid response team to support people affected by the earthquake. Alongside other emergency activities, SDC decided to pilot an emergency cash project to support vulnerable families affected by the earthquake.

Once the project was finalised, it was evaluated by two independent consutlants. The evaluation had two purposes: (i) evaluate and appraise SDC/HA’s Emergency Cash Pilot for Families Affected By Earthquake in Bubq, Albania; (ii) identify best practices and operational guidance for future emergency CVA, under similar conditions, and for comparable emergency contexts. The main objectives of the evaluation were to establish an overview of the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the SDC emergency cash intervention.