Economic Strengthening for Child protection and Eduation in Emergencies – Compendium of evidence and guidance

November 6, 2014

Economic Strengthening programmes such as cash transfers are increasingly part of humanitarian response. They give households more financial flexibility and can have positive results for children, including on nutrition, health, or education.

Identified as a knowledge gap area at the joint annual Education Cluster-Child Protection Working Group meeting in Geneva in October 2013, both groups collaborated on the preparation of an Economic Strengthening for Child Protection and Education in Emergencies. Prepared by Lisa Zimmermann, the document is intended to serve as a guidance document for child protection and education coordination teams and actors in the field.

The compendium reviews the theoretical underpinnings of cash-based approaches to food emergencies, and presents case-studies, highlighting both risks and benefits of cash-based responses as compared to traditional food aid. It sets out the conditions under which cash aid might be an appropriate response, and how associated risks can be minimised.

Structure of the compendium:

  • Overview table: for each document, shows whether it applies to emergency situations, refers to child protection or education, and whether it provides evidence or guidance.
  • First section: evidence-based documents, including use of cash transfer programmes in emergencies, and evidence of such programmes with impacts on education and child protection.
  • Second section: guidance, including general tools and guidelines on economic strengthening programmes in emergencies, and guidance for education or child protection actors.
  • Each document has a one-page annotation. Clicking on the titles provides direct access to the full original documents.
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