Cash transfers for refugees: the economic and social effects of a programme in Jordan

This report was produced as part of an ODI project looking at a cash transfer programme for Syrian refugees in Jordan: Cash transfers for refugees: the economic and social effects of a programme in Jordan. The project assessed the immediate effects of cash transfers on reducing barriers to accessing basic services and employment, as well as considering the long-term implications of improvements in economic and social outcomes.

The key findings from the project include: 

  • Regular, predictable cash transfers are critical for refugees’ access to secure shelter and can reduce reliance on negative coping strategies
  • The effectiveness of cash transfers in helping refugees to access services and employment ultimately depends on enabling national policies being in place
  • Short-term and unpredictable funding cycles reduce long-term impact potential on economic and social outcomes

This is the main report from the project. A briefing paper and mapping of social protection and humanitarian assistance programmes in Jordan can also be found on the ODI project page.