A qualitative study of cash transfer programmes for refugees in Greece with a focus on protection
PHE ePoster Library. Rodgers F. Sep 12, 2019; 274295; 108
Florence Rodgers
Florence Rodgers
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Abstract Introduction
Cash transfer programmes (CTPSs) are growing in popularity in humanitarian programming however protection considerations are not always integrated into programmes. This study addresses the experiences of implementing CTPs in Greece with a focus on protection concerns faced. This study is timely given current changes occurring within the UNHCR led Greece Cash Alliance.
Methods
A literature review of academic and grey literature and qualitative semi-structured interviews with key informants (KIs) from Non-Governmental Organisations and UN agencies were performed. KIs included programme developers and implementors and were identified through purposive sampling. An inductive thematic approach was taken for analysis.
Results
Main emerging themes were the 1. Impact of CTPs on the protection needs of beneficiaries 2. Benefits of CTPs in supporting protection 3. Consideration of protection in CTP design and 4. Monitoring of protection in CTPs. Women, young men, minors and those with health vulnerabilities were highlighted as requiring additional consideration by CTP implementers. CTPs are widely seen as offering choice and reducing negative coping strategies, however protection was not consistently considered in design or monitoring of CTPs in Greece. Some KIs highlighted CTPs as a way to support mainstream protection programmes.
Conclusions
There is no standardised integration of protection into CTPs and KIs highlighted the need for more evaluation of the programmes. CTPs allow refugees to meet their own basic needs in addition to fund other priorities including health or education which are inherent to their protection status. Recommendations from this research include integration of protection mainstreaming into CTP design. External funding details
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