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The Conversation:

Cash transfers can help refugees, but they also carry risks. Insights from Kenya. 

  • Authors: Cory Rodgers, Jade Siu, and Olivier Sterck 
  • Date: 22 September 2020 

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“Humanitarian organisations – such as the World Food Programme (WFP) – are increasingly using cash transfers as a way of assisting vulnerable people. Conventionally, humanitarian organisations procure food or other goods and distribute it directly to recipients. But cash transfers allow people to choose and purchase what they need for themselves.”

CORY RODGERS, JADE SIU, AND OLIVIER STERCK

Many refugees living in Nairobi struggle to survive because of COVID-19

  • Authors: Naohiko Omata
  • Date: 20 May 2020

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“After the health risks of COVID-19 are finally mitigated, the question of how to best assist refugees’ economic recovery should be a primary concern for refugee-assisting agencies. Needs-based aid, such as giving food and non-food items, is definitely necessary and important. But reconstruction of livelihood strategies after COVID-19 needs a long-term vision and different approaches.”

NAOHIKO OMATA

Why refugees are an asset in the fight against coronavirus

  • Authors: Alexander Betts, Evan Easton-Calabria, and Kate Pincock
  • Date: 28 April 2020

“In many cities, where humanitarian assistance has always been weakest, refugees face exclusion from access to government services including food distribution. Below the radar, and in parallel to formal humanitarian assistance, many refugees are themselves working to fill the gaps.”

ALEXANDER BETTS, EVAN EASTON-CALABRIA, AND KATE PINCOCK

The New Humanitarian 

Refugee groups fill gaps in COVID-19 response, and they need support

  • Authors: Robert Hakiza, Alexander Betts, Evan Easton-Calabria, and Kate Pincock
  • Date: 29 April 2020

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“Refugee-led organisations have long played important but neglected roles in providing protection and assistance to other refugees and host communities. Now they find themselves on the front line of the COVID-19 response in camps and cities around the world as other organisations withdraw.”

ROBERT HAKIZA, ALEXANDER BETTS, EVAN EASTON-CALABRIA, AND KATE PINCOCK

World Bank Blogs 

Lives or livelihoods? Global estimates of the mortality and poverty costs of COVID-19

  • Authors: Benoît Decerf, Francisco Ferreira, Daniel Gerszon Mahler, and Olivier Sterck
  • Date: 17 June 2020

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