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Multi-purpose Cash and Protection for South Sudanese Refugees in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement: A Learning Event Report

2018 — By Hellen Grace Akwii-Wangusa, Franco Peter Mpagi

This paper will present evidence on how cash transfers empowers conflict affected populations. The evidence is based on two projects implemented by DCA in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Furthermore, the paper present evidence on how the two projects successfully linked cash and protection. 14, 520 beneficiaries (80% females) including 26 vendors benefited from the projects.

The MPGs and E-Voucher empowered women in decision making; business development and they were able to access some of the basic needs like hygiene items, which are not normally prioritized during crisis.75% of female vendors had misunderstanding with their husband as the business of vending was not considered viable. However, this changed when the businesses grew within a short period of time. One business grew by 850% in 3 months.

The end of project evaluation showed positive impact of incorporating Mental Health and Psychosocial support (MPHSS) in cash transfers targeting conflict affected population. Two groups were evaluated: one receiving MHPSS and monthly MPG and the other receiving cash only.

The findings revealed that the group that received both were able to save and invest thus providing financial protection for the future and sustainability. MPHSS provided financial, emotional and mental security, and protects the women from exposure to financial exploitation and distress.