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Learning from cash responses to the tsunami: Issue Paper 4: Cash and shelter

September 2006 — By Lesley Adams, Paul Harvey

This is the fourth of six issue papers which form part of a project to document learning around cash-based responses to the Indian Ocean tsunami. The project was funded by the British Red Cross, Save the Children UK, Oxfam GB, Mercy Corps and Concern Worldwide.

This Issue Paper highlights some of the key factors to consider in thinking about the role of cash in shelter responses. Key topics include: cost-effectiveness, inflation risks, environmental concerns, land rights, controls and conditionality, and skills and capacity. The paper draws on examples from the Tsunami response.

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