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IDS Bulletin 38.3

Cash-based Responses in Emergencies

Published on 1 May 2007

Assistance to people in emergencies can sometimes be appropriately provided in the form of cash, enabling people to decide for themselves what they most need and to buy it in local markets. The debate around the appropriate use of cash in emergencies has often been framed, as it is here, as one between cash and food.

It is important to remember that cash is not just an alternative to food aid but to all forms of in-kind assistance. However, as food aid often dominates humanitarian responses, deciding when cash is appropriate as an alternative or complement to food aid is clearly important.

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Harvey, P. (2007) Cash?based Responses in Emergencies. IDS Bulletin 38(3): 79-81

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Paul Harvey

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authors
Harvey, Paul
journal
IDS Bulletin, volume 38, issue 3
doi
10.1111/j.1759-5436.2007.tb00383.x
language
English

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