Gender impact analysis: unconditional cash transfers in South Central Somalia

1st July 2013

Between 2011 and 2012, in response to famine, the Somalia Cash Consortium (Action Contre la Faim, Adeso, the Danish Refugee Council and Save the Children) distributed between six and nine months’ worth of unconditional cash transfers to over 40,000 households in the regions of Hiran, Gedo, Lower Juba and Mogadishu in South Central Somalia.

The decision was made to target a majority of female beneficiaries (80% were female while 20% were male). One of the assumptions was that women in Somalia are generally responsible for preparing food as well as for childcare, so directing cash transfers to women rather than men would be more beneficial for the food security of the whole family. There was also an assumption that cash transfers for women could potentially alter social relationships at household and community level (though this was not an explicit objective of the programme).

As the Cash Consortium started to reflect on the impacts of these transfers on affected populations, the agencies involved recognised that there were numerous gaps in understanding around cash and gender in South Central Somalia; even programmes that appeared gender neutral may on closer analysis turn out to affect men and women differently. To address some of these gaps and contribute to future programming, the Cash Consortium commissioned a research study to better understand the impact of unconditional cash transfers on men and women in an emergency context. This article outlines some of the key findings of the study. 

Read the full article here