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Using Cash and Vouchers in Somalia in 2017: The Need to Build on Learning from the 2011-12 Somalia Drought Response

2017 — By Karen Peachey

During the 2011-12 drought response in Somalia, cash and vouchers were distributed at scale – a response that was unusual in such a context at that time. In 2017 cash is accepted as highly appropriate and is a major part of response plans.

While it may not always be possible to apply all best practices, we have the chance to do better if we use learning effectively. Key recommendations from five evaluations (from 2011-12) have been pulled together under six themes namely:

1. Targeting and coverage
2. Response and market analysis
3. Risk Management
4. Accountability
5. Funding
6. Monitoring

A fuller list of the recommendations is also available in a separate listing.