Cash and Vouchers in Emergencies

This paper addresses the suitability of cash and vouchers as forms of international humanitarian relief in cases of emergency such as natural disasters or war. It examines cash programs in Ethiopia, Goma, India, Kenya, Mexico, Somalia, and Uganda. The author analyzes the impact and cost effectiveness of such a program and concludes that cash and voucher-based responses are effective and should be considered as alternatives to agricultural inputs, shelter and non-food items, as well as an alternative to food aid.

Reducing Poverty: is the World Bank’s Strategy Working?

This report offers an overview of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) process and an assessment of its contribution to poverty reduction in over 60 low-income countries. The first part of the report includes short country case studies, while the second half presents three civil society reports for Ethiopia, Lesotho, and Uganda.