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Concern Worldwide (Concern) and Oxfam GB (Oxfam) jointly commissioned this report to look at the impacts of cash transfers (CTs) on gender dynamics both within households and communities. This report was commissioned because of the agencies’ concerns that while CTs, now being used in many different emergency contexts, are expected to benefit women and contribute towards their empowerment, there was little evidence being collected to see whether this was in fact happening. The learning from this report will inform future gender sensitive CT programmes. The research included a literature review, programme evaluations from non governmental organisations (NGOs) and three country studies. These were Indonesia (rapid onset, earthquake), Kenya (rapid onset, food price spikes) and Zimbabwe (protracted crisis). In all three contexts women were the primary beneficiaries of the cash.
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  Walking the Talk: Cash Transfers and Gender Dynamics  A Report by Concern Worldwide and Oxfam GB  WALKING THE TALK  CASH TRANSFERS AND GENDER DYNAMICS 3 Contents  Acronyms 5 Acknowledgements 5Executive Summary 61. Introduction 9 1.1 Methodology 91.2 Report Overview 101.3 The Use of Cash Transfers 101.4 Gender and Empowerment 101.5 Gender Empowerment Assumptions that Influence CTP 12 2. The Three Case Studies: Location, Context and Features of the Programme 133. CTs and Gender Power Relations within Households and the Community 14 3.1 Positive Impacts 143.2 Limitations on Women’s Empowerment 16 4. Emergency CT Programming - Findings from the Country Studies 20 4.1 Policy Guidelines 204.2 Programme Design 204.3 Targeting 214.4 Implementation 214.5 Staff 214.6 Partners 224.7 Communication 224.8 Monitoring 23 5. Recommendations 24 5.1 NGOs 245.2 Donors 26  Annexes 28 Summary Report: West Sumatra 28Summary Report: Zimbabwe 31Summary Report: Kenya 35Oxfam Indicators for a Gender Aware Response Card 38 Endnotes 41Bibliography 42
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