Giving money to people in a humanitarian crisis is often a lot smarter for everyone than providing food and other in-kind aid.
It’s not always the best solution, but it can deliver a much bigger bang for its buck, provided local markets are functioning. And they usually are, even in the severest crises.
This site provides the main arguments and evidence for scaling up the proportion of financial aid in emergencies, based on studies and the views of leading commentators. It’s produced by the Cash Learning Partnership