By Jonas Heirman and Felipe Dunsch

Could impact evaluations provide the evidence to support people as they transition from humanitarian crises to resilient development pathways?

There is growing recognition that humanitarian and development assistance must be better connected to address and prevent crises.

Terms used to describe this include the ‘humanitarian-peace-development nexus’, ‘transitional assistance’, ‘resilience’, and ‘self-reliance’, which all point to the simple idea that short-term assistance should support people in building their own capacities for longer-term development (which is also key element of the UN’s ‘New Way of Working’).

In 2016, the UN General Assembly called upon the UN…


Cash transfer programmes are at the frontline of national governments’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ranging from bank notes to e-money and debit cards to value vouchers, cash transfers are integral to many countries’ social protection systems, buffering the worst socio-economic effects of the crisis. In 2019, WFP transferred US$ 2.1 billion — 38 percent of its total assistance — to 28 million people in 64 countries across the world.

But what effect did cash transfers have on people’s lives? What can we learn from the evidence?

A new evidence summary captures lessons from 23 WFP-commissioned evaluations and inter-agency humanitarian…

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