Journal Article

Choice, Dignity and Empowerment? Cash and Food Transfers in Swaziland An evaluation of Save the Children’s Emergency Drought Response, 2007/08

Published on 1 June 2008

The Emergency Drought Response (EDR) project introduced cash transfers as a response to the food crisis of 2007/08 in Swaziland. Some 6,200 households (close to 40,000 people) in two severely affected regions received a half ration of food (maize, beans and oil) and the equivalent in cash, every month for six months from November 2007 until the harvest of April 2008. A further 1,400 households in the same regions who were unable to open bank accounts (usually because they could not secure ID documents in time) received full food rations, and served as a ‘control group’ for comparing project impacts between cash transfer recipients and food aid recipients.


Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow


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