Research Report: Introductory Research on the Feasibility of Cash and Voucher Assistance in Rural Fiji

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This resource is useful for practitioners as it examines the viability of using cash and voucher assistance to enable disaster recovery in Fiji; as cash gains popularity as a form of assistance, this type of research and pilot work will be increasingly common.

This report led by Save the Children presents the findings of a cash based intervention to support disaster response in Fiji.

The study found that, in general, cash interventions are feasible across all the different types of areas of Fiji covered in the study. However feasibility in these areas varied between the immediate aftermath of a disaster, and longer term feasibility. The study noted that pre-existing access challenges and post-disaster access challenges must be addressed in CVA decision making and program design. The study also highlighted the need to identify the specific needs and challenges for vulnerable groups (such as diverse SOGIESC people), and to consider how they might be addressed by CVA. 

The report recognises that further targeted research is required to understand the appropriateness of CVA, and therefore CVA program design, for particular vulnerable groups of people , such as SGM groups. While the report did not offer scope to look specifically at the needs of diverse SOGIESC people, it did recognise that such people fall within multiple groups and their CVA needs cannot be met with a one-size fits all approach.

The study is part of the work of the Pacific Cash Preparedness Partnership which seeks to ensure humanitarian responses in the Pacific better meets immediate and protracted recovery and relief needs of households and communities following disasters.

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"Documents on DRR and disaster response in Fiji make very little reference to people from Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) and the differences they may have in experience and needs."

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This report led by Save the Children presents the findings of a cash based intervention to support disaster response in Fiji.

The study found that, in general, cash interventions are feasible across all the different types of areas of Fiji covered in the study. However feasibility in these areas varied between the immediate aftermath of a disaster, and longer term feasibility. The study noted that pre-existing access challenges and post-disaster access challenges must be addressed in CVA decision making and program design. The study also highlighted the need to identify the specific needs and challenges for vulnerable groups (such as diverse SOGIESC people), and to consider how they might be addressed by CVA. 

The report recognises that further targeted research is required to understand the appropriateness of CVA, and therefore CVA program design, for particular vulnerable groups of people , such as SGM groups. While the report did not offer scope to look specifically at the needs of diverse SOGIESC people, it did recognise that such people fall within multiple groups and their CVA needs cannot be met with a one-size fits all approach.

The study is part of the work of the Pacific Cash Preparedness Partnership which seeks to ensure humanitarian responses in the Pacific better meets immediate and protracted recovery and relief needs of households and communities following disasters.