Humanitarian Cash Assistance: Risks and opportunities for local peace

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This article unpacks the conflict-sensitivity concerns of humanitarian cash and voucher assistance programs (CVA). Contrasting orthodox analysis of economic programming that focuses on the macro level, the article highlights how CVA impacts everyday social and economic dynamics in communities with specific reference to Lebanon. The findings confirm a short-term stabilising effect on the macro level; however, it is also identified that CVA heightens social tensions between groups. To conclude, the article outlines how conflict-sensitive programming could foster opportunities for peace and peacebuilding and spread economic gains more broadly despite the identified obstacles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-571
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number5
Early online date1 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2023


  • humanitarian aid
  • cash and voucher assistance
  • conflict-sensitivity
  • Lebanon
  • conflict prevention
  • peacebuilding

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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