Conflict-sensitive cash transfers: unintended negative consequences

This report examines unintended negative consequences resulting from cash transfer programmes in fragile states and contexts

Abstract

Helpdesk reports provide digests of research findings and lesson learning. The question for this helpdesk report:

  • what unintended negative consequences have been identified as possibly resulting from cash transfer programming in fragile contexts
  • how have these been managed?

Risks associated with cash transfer programmes in fragile contexts include theft, diversion, corruption, security, targeting, misuse by beneficiaries and inflationary effects. However, the literature indicates that – while different – these risks are no greater than those associated with other forms of aid, e.g. vouchers or in-kind goods, and could even be less. Cash transfer programmes have been successfully implemented in fragile contexts, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chechnya and Syria.

Citation

Idris, I. (2017). Conflict-sensitive cash transfers: unintended negative consequences. K4D Helpdesk Report 200. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Conflict-sensitive cash transfers: unintended negative consequences

Published 30 August 2017