Unconditional cash transfers in Kiryandongo refugee settlement, Uganda

Client: GiveDirectly
Location: Uganda
Sector: Social Protection
Dates of service: December 2018 -
IDinsight service: Impact Evaluation
IDinsight contacts: Penny Davis
Status: Active

The Problem

It is estimated that over 1.5 million refugees and asylum-seekers live in Uganda (UNHCR 2018). Many of these people will remain in Uganda long-term, given the protracted nature of today’s conflicts. Such refugees need not only short-term humanitarian assistance, but long-term solutions that assist them to rebuild their lives.

The non-profit organisation GiveDirectly is seeking to understand the potential role unconditional cash transfers can play as one possible long-term solution for refugees in protracted displacement.

In 2018, GiveDirectly conducted a pilot in the Kyaka II settlement in Uganda, in which it provided unconditional cash transfers to ~4,300 refugees and host community households. An internal GiveDirectly evaluation of the transfers indicated positive results from the cash transfers.

GiveDirectly is planning to build on the results from the pilot by conducting a larger, more rigorous study in Kiryandongo district. GiveDirectly plans to provide ~USD $1000 in unconditional cash transfers to ~10,000 refugee households and ~4,300 host community households.

Evidence Needs

IDinsight Service

GiveDirectly has contracted IDinsight to conduct an impact evaluation comprising a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and a qualitative study to examine the impact of the cash transfers on households and to inform future decision-making about cash programs by donors and implementing organisations.


Project is ongoing.