Cash transfers for refugees: an opportunity to bridge the gap between humanitarian assistance and social protection

This briefing paper 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.

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

The full report and a mapping of social protection and humanitarian assistance programmes in Jordan can also be found on the ODI project page.