A Learning Review of Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance in Afghanistan

In 2022, Islamic Relief Worldwide implemented a multi-million emergency humanitarian project in Afghanistan supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded Area-based Approach for Development Emergency Initiative (ABADEI) programme. The 13-month-long project had three main components: the rehabilitation of irrigation facilities, multi-purpose cash assistance, and women’s entrepreneurship. This report focuses on the unconditional and multi-purpose cash assistance component of the ABADEI project to draw lessons that can be used for future projects. The study found the unconditional and multi-purpose cash assistance programme to be largely successful, with widespread reach allowing rightsholders to spend it on what they need most.