Name: Evaluation of the Zimbabwe Emergency Cash Transfer Project
Year: 2010
Client: Concern Worldwide
Country: Zimbabwe
Background: Zimbabwe suffered food insecurity since 2001. The traditional humanitarian response to this had been delivery of food aid to affected households. Due to changes in economic policy including the deregulation of the maize market and dollarization, Concern Worldwide in association with WFP begun a pilot where 19,564 beneficiaries received cash instead of food and as well as food. This was introduced across 3 districts of Zimbabwe: Gokwe north, Gokwe south (midlands province) and Nyanga (Manicaland province).  In each district, one ward had cash only, and one a mix of food and cash, with others receiving food as normal.  The project envisioned 1,900 recipients of cash transfers, and 1,900 recipients of a 50:50 mix of cash and food between November 2009 and March 2010.

The transfer programme subsequently expanded, in January 2010, to cover 20 additional wards, bringing the total number of recipients up to 58,866.

Objectives: The objectives of the assessment were:

1.    To assess the effectiveness of ZECT programme in meeting its stated objectives.

2.    To assess the social impact the ZECT programme has had on its targeted population (household and community level).

3.    To identify the potential, and conditions, for replication of the modality for other interventions in Zimbabwe and other countries.

Activities: The evaluation included conducting focus group discussions with beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of the project and individual interviews with traders, and processors (hammer millers).
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