Using Cash for Shelter: Winter Resilience for IDPs in Eastern Ukraine
Continued conflict in Eastern Ukraine during 2014 caused internal displacement of over 1.46 million people by September 2015, and another 1,123,800 fled to other countries, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Rapid assessments carried out by Catholic Relief Services found that the majority of internally displaced people, or IDPs, fled their homes with few belongings and faced limited employment opportunities or difficulty re-registering for pensions and other social payments; people from the hardest hit areas had exhausted financial coping mechanisms. Over half of the IDPs are women, with significant numbers of children, elderly and disabled people.
Based on identified needs and the local market context—as well as feasibility, protection and security, and beneficiary preferences—CRS chose a cash-based response.
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