ODI has published a report on "Doing Cash Differently- How cash transfers transform humanitarian aid- September 2015."
This report shows why giving aid directly in the form of cash is often a highly effective way to reduce suffering and to make limited humanitarian aid budgets go further. It urges the humanitarian community to give more aid as cash, and to make cash central to future emergency response planning.
Evidence shows that unconditional cash transfers can be more efficient, more transparent, more accountable and better for recipients than in kind aid. Moving to a coordinated system of cash transfers is also an opportunity for broader reform of the humanitarian system. But cash and vouchers remain just 6% of all humanitarian aid.