Cash and Livelihoods

Supporting refugees’ access to safe livelihoods and providing cash assistance rather than in-kind assistance, such as food and blankets, promotes choice and dignity and strengthens local economies. Livelihoods and cash programs, in conjunction with protection activities, can help communities prevent, mitigate, and respond to gender-based violence. They can, for example, offset child marriage, reduce exposure to sexual harassment related to income generation, and facilitate access to medical or legal services. The Women’s Refugee Commission conducts research and develops technical resources on appropriate livelihoods and cash-based interventions for displaced women and youth that recognize their skills, experiences, and capacities.