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Only Good Intentions? The Role of High-Quality Evidence in Conflict-Related Humanitarian Settings


  • Cuesta, Jose


The handful of existing rigorous impact evaluations of cash transfers in humanitarian settings underscore that high-quality impactful research can be done in the direst contexts. But much more needs to be done to truly shape programing in conflict-related emergency settings. Addressing the research-programing divide may save lives in such contexts.

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  • Cuesta, Jose, 2018. "Only Good Intentions? The Role of High-Quality Evidence in Conflict-Related Humanitarian Settings," International Journal of Development and Conflict, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, vol. 8(2), pages 80-84.
  • Handle: RePEc:gok:ijdcv1:v:8:y:2018:i:2:p:80-84

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    Humanitarian settings; evidence; impact evaluation; cash programs; researchprogramming divide.;
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    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs


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