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Cash Transfers in Emergencies and for Resilience Building Report

Report from Regional Workshop on Cash Transfers in Emergencies and for Resilience Building, organized jointly by WCARO Economic and Social Policy & Emergency Sections in Dakar, Senegal, 28-30 November 2012.

General presentation

The countries of the Sahel, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, have been affected again in 2012 by a food and nutritional crisis. The causes are multiple and intertwined and can be found in both national and local production and consumption systems, insufficient agricultural production, high food prices, sub-optimal markets etc. Placed on the background of high poverty and income insecurity, all affect availability and affordability of (nutritious) food for the families. Coupled with inadequate feeding and caring practices, this crisis has affected mainly the poor, in particular the women and children, who as a consequence suffer from malnutrition.

Part of a comprehensive integrated response plan to the food and nutritional crisis in the Sahel, cash transfers have potential for reducing the risk of disasters and enhancing resilience in the Sahel and extend the options available to UNICEF in support of the governments’ response to the crisis and can help to reinforce results in the fight against child malnutrition.

The regional workshop focused on the opportunities and challenges of using cash transfers in emergency situations and for resilience-building in the Sahel region, while providing a supportive learning and exchange platform for participants from outside of the Sahel also. This was a well-timed event, as it allowed the participants to take stock of progress in social protection and cash transfers in the Sahel emergency response in 2012, exchange experiences and lessons learned through an open account and reflection, as well as prepare country roadmaps for 2013.

Report and other documents

Condensed Report [ PDF - 627 KB ]
Meeting Synopsis [ PDF - 78 KB ]



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