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

Purpose

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.

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 Methodology (brief summary)

A prospective cohort study using a mixed methods approach that will compare households receiving cash transfers 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.

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