Cash Can Contribute to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

In 2018, WFP conducted a multi-country study that demonstrated that interventions – programmes, projects, operations etc. – using cash-based transfers (CBTs) as an assistance modality can promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. The countries in which case studies were conducted were Bangladesh, Egypt, El Salvador, Jordan, Mali and Rwanda. Empowering impacts are achieved when an initiative utilising CBTs (‘cash-based initiatives’) fosters promotive and transformative changes; that is, where women, men, girls and/or boys have enhanced income and capabilities and causes of social inequities, exclusion and inequalities are addressed.