This paper provides an empirical review of the role Cash Transfer Programmes
play on refugees’ welfare in Uganda. Cash Transfer was measured using non-conditional
cash and Cash for works whereas refugees’ welfare was measured using food security,
education and medical. The study anchored on contingency theory. The target population
was 425,732 refugees in the two districts and a sample of 400 were drawn. The study
used primary data collected from refugees and corroborated with key informants’
interviews from Districts officials. The scope of the study was 2015-2018. A cross
sectional descriptive design was used while data was analyzed using descriptive
statistics, correlation and regression analyses. It was found that cash transfers
play significant role on refugees’ welfare in Uganda. The study recommends as follows;
encourage the use of direct cash transfer, discourage the use of vouchers, enforce
cash for works scheme only up to the extent possible, increase and regularly review
the transfer value and the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health and
World Health Organisation to be actively involved with implementing organisations
and review the approaches and modality of cash transfer before implementation. Further,
government particularly Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR including key actors
within the humanitarian space to formulate policies which deter misappropriation
of resources meant for refugees, acquisition of advanced technology which can track
financial resources from source to the point of distribution and most importantly,
conduct value for money audits within 3 months of implementation and thereafter
on quarterly basis.
Keywords: Cash Transfer, Non-Conditional Cash, Cash for works,
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