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Oxfam GB Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods Urban Programme Evaluation

17 May 2012 — By Ian Macauslan, Laura Phelps

The global urban population is now larger than the rural population. While rural areas in general remain worse off than urban areas, the number of people in urban poverty is growing fast, and urban dwellers are vulnerable to significant disasters. Development and humanitarian agencies are therefore increasingly exploring how they can work better in urban areas, where they have traditionally had comparatively little experience.

This report sets out findings from three assessments of Oxfam’s urban emergency food security and livelihoods programmes in Nairobi (Kenya), Port-au-Prince (Haiti) and Gaza. The programmes used various combinations of cash and voucher transfers, cash for work, business grants, training and in kind transfers.