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The Other Side of the Coin. The comparative evidence of Cash and in kind transfers in humanitarian situations

2016 — By Ugo Gentilini

This paper reviews the existing evidence on the performance of alternative transfer modalities across humanitarian sectors, including cash transfers, vouchers,and in-kind assistance (food and non-food). These were assessed in relation to food security, nutrition, livelihoods, health, education, and shelter objectives.

The analysis focuses on the comparative performance of transfers, that is, on robust studies assessing transfers against each other in the same context and objectives. Based on available evidence, the paper identifies six key factors to consider for transfer selection and core research priorities.