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Giving Better: Lessons from Cash Grants for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

2016 — By Daniel Masterson

Cash grants to the poor have proven to be an effective form of aid for reducing poverty. Direct cash assistance is inexpensive to administer and allows recipients to buy what they want and need, rather than what experts think they need.

Recent research shows that cash grants also work well for assisting refugees, but their effectiveness is currently constrained by a few common aspects of refugee policy in host countries.