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Integrating Livelihoods Support into Emergency Assistance Programming

April 2024 — By Katrina Keegan

This report draws on research and learning to advocate for broader consideration of expanded humanitarian response programming, especially in situations of prolonged crises. Livelihoods programs have a crucial role to play in emergency settings, especially when combined with and aligned with cash assistance. Integrating livelihoods programming into humanitarian cash assistance demands careful consideration of pre-conditions and specific adaptations to effectively address the unique challenges of emergency contexts. Under the right conditions and when implemented effectively, the interaction between cash + livelihoods can amplify positive outcomes for humanitarian aid recipients, allowing affected individuals and communities to regain control over their lives and recover from emergencies. This report draws on lessons learned and best practices from VenEsperanza, offering guidance on implementing a “pathways” approach to cash + livelihoods programming in emergency settings.