Gender, cash assistance, and conflict: Gendered protection implications of cash and voucher assistance in Somalia/Somaliland

Ongoing conflict and drought mean millions of people in Somalia and Somaliland have found themselves in humanitarian crisis. Cash and voucher assistance programs (CVA) serve as a key modality for agencies providing support. As well as meeting basic needs, recent studies have shown that cash assistance also impacts gender-based violence. Women and girls in Somalia report that CVA can reduce their risk of rape, physical assault, and sexual harassment.

In February 2019, CARE Somalia commissioned a study to examine how gender and protection issues interact with CVA programming. This report outlines the full findings from that study, which sought to engage in a deep discussion of (1) protection issues throughout the region, (2) differences in protection issues by gender, and (3) differences in protection issues by CVA status (ie, receiving or not receiving CVA).

  • Countries: Somalia
  • Co-authors: Global Insights
  • Published: September 2019

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