CIDT helps United Nations World Food Programme understand how to set food and cash transfer levels in East Africa

22 March 2022
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Daniela Baur (Research Assistant) of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) and associate colleague Emily Wylde (Independent Consultant) have been commissioned by the World Food Programme to conduct a study that maps how United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) sets transfer values in East Africa.

Determining how much cash or food people receive is not an exact science. Decisions depend on different forms of analysis and a number of trade-offs. They take into consideration a range of intersecting factors: programme objectives, number of people in need, people’s needs, available funding resources, environmental, political and economic contextual factors etc.

WFP has corporate guidance steering Country Offices on the process of transfer value setting, but it in practice, when navigating dynamic contexts and situations, it is rarely appropriate to follow guidance step-by-step. This study helps uncover what challenges WFP Country offices face and learn from the ways in which Country Offices look to overcome such challenges.

In the face of funding resource limitations and pressures from growing need across geographies, the information will help diagnose what all parties, headquarters, regional and country offices, may do to help improve approaches to set the transfer value and in turn contribute to improving WFP’s implementation and achieve programme aims.

The study is informed by desk-based revision of documentation and interviews with staff in 9 WFP Country Offices in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda).