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Principal Investigators: Kevin Savage, World Vision International & Courtland Robinson, Johns Hopkins University


This study seeks to improve understanding of the dynamics between intimate partner violence (IPV) and cash transfers in humanitarian settings. There is a focus on increasing knowledge of how receipt of cash transfers and the way they are delivered, may change gender relations, power dynamics, and IPV in receiving households.

A prospective cohort study will be conducted using a mixed methods approach that will compare households receiving cash transfers as part of World Vision’s BRACE II programme, with households not receiving cash transfers. Quantitative survey data collected across the two groups at three times across a cash transfer intervention, will be enriched with qualitative data.

Courtland Robinson

Johns Hopkins University

As cash transfers are becoming an increasingly common mode of delivering aid in humanitarian contexts, we need to know more about how cash transfers affect relationships in the lives of people in these contexts. A deeper understanding of how cash transfers influence gender dynamics in households will enable organisations to design better and higher quality cash transfer programmes in line with do-no-harm principles.

Expected Outcomes

Findings are expected to inform how cash transfers can best be designed to mitigate IPV risks and enhance positive effects on gender relations. Cash transfers are increasingly being used in humanitarian assistance, and while recent studies have looked at the linkages between IPV and cash transfers, few of these have been in humanitarian settings.  Findings could be a valuable contribution to the literature, with potentially wide impact on cash transfer policy and practice.

Research study interviewer conducting an end line interview for the R2HC – IPV research with Cohort C beneficiaries of BRACE II in Mathiang payam, Gogrial west county. Credit: Morjan Robert Kenyi
A BRACE II recipient receives her cash. Credit: Credit: Christopher Lete/Eugene Combo
Women who have benefited from the BRACE II cash project. Credit: Zipporah Karani, World Vision
Recipients stand in line for their cash payments.

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