Project • Ongoing

Cash Barometer

The potential of cash transfer programming has been demonstrated many times over. But how does the humanitarian “cash revolution” present itself to the intended beneficiaries? What concerns do affected people have and how can their perspectives help inform a more effective roll-out of cash-based assistance? To find out, we partnered with the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) to launch the Cash Barometer.

The Cash Barometer combines standardised face-to-face surveys with qualitative data collection to monitor how people affected by humanitarian crises perceive the distribution of cash – as an alternative to, or used in tandem with, other forms of aid.

The Cash Barometer was first deployed in Afghanistan. We have since conducted cash transfer surveys in Turkey and Kenya. While each country provides a unique context in which cash is transferred using different systems, some findings apply to all. In Kenya and Turkey, for example, between 80 and 90 percent of recipients said they were unaware of how aid agencies decide who should receive cash assistance. Other findings were limited to individual contexts. Additional cash transfer surveys are slated to be carried out.