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Operational GUIDELINES

for Cash-Based Interventions


in Displacement Settings

Section 4: Programme strategy and cash-based interventions


Cash-based interventions are relatively new in refugee settings. We are still learning about
situations in which markets and local services can reliably be used to meet refugee needs
while ensuring protection. Where there is doubt - either in a rural or camp context, or in a
rapid-onset emergency - the combination of in-kind and cash-based responses through
pilot or small-scale programmes can help us test a market response and provide a better
understanding of the protection risks and benefits. The results can be used to convince
stakeholders such as the government, donors, partners, and even UNHCR staff and persons
of concern themselves. Continuous collection and analysis of information is critical. This is
done through assessment, monitoring and feedback mechanisms, testing assumptions,
correcting for problems, and evolution of programme strategies. The goal is to provide
protection and assistance that most effectively meets the needs of refugees and other
persons of concern, including restoring, as far as possible, the level of integration and social
cohesion needed to enable refugees to get on with their lives.7

Assistance to refugees should aim to restore the social and economic independence needed to get on with their lives... This includes the right
to freedom of movement enabling refugees to market their goods and access the labour market. Equally important is refugees ability to access
education, health care and other social services where available (Executive Committee paper EC/55/SC/CRP.15).

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