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Evaluation of the Emergency Cash Assistance Component of the Syrian Emergency Response Programme

Evaluation of the Emergency Cash Assistance Component of the Syrian Emergency Response Programme

Evaluation of the Emergency Cash Assistance Component of the Syrian Emergency Response Programme

The conflict in Syria has severely impacted the lives of Palestine refugees.  Almost 300,000 of the total 540,000 Palestine refugees have been displaced.  UNRWA has responded with key programmatic measures to counter these adverse impacts, especially by providing emergency cash assistance for refugees to be able to meet their basic needs of food and shelter.

In 2013 Syrian Field Office requested an evaluation of the Emergency Cash Assistance component of the Emergency Response Programme mainly to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the Programme.

Overall results are positive and consistent with experiences in other similar emergency settings; cash is meeting Palestine refugees’ primary needs of food, rent and health. Cash assistance is strongly preferred by refugees to receiving food or non-food items.

2014