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Building Evidence on Forced Displacement


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Under this pillar, the program funds impact evaluations of novel projects in forced displacement contexts. The main objective is to provide a rigorous measurement of the effectiveness of these projects with respect to their target outcomes such as promoting income-generating activities for host communities and those forcibly displaced, improving health and educational outcomes, and building social cohesion, to cite a few. In a context where resources are scarce, understanding program impact is critical to ensure resources are channeled to the most cost-effective projects.

Impact Evaluations in Forced Displacement Contexts: A Guide for Practitioners

This paper introduces impact evaluation methods and highlights successful examples of their application in low- and middle-income countries. It describes the recent application of such methods in humanitarian and forced displacement contexts, noting methodological challenges and ways to overcome them. It recommends expanding application of these methods to rigorously assess and inform programming in forced displacement contexts.



No Household Left Behind: Afghanistan Targeting the Ultra Poor Impact Evaluation


This paper presents the results of an impact evaluation of the Targeting the Ultra Poor Program in Afghanistan, where women were given a "big-push" package, including a transfer of livestock assets, cash consumption stipend, skills training, and coaching. The program had significant impacts across multiple dimensions. For instance, it increased consumption by 30 % and reduced poverty by 20 percentage points. 



Iraq's Universal Public Distribution System : Utilization and Impacts during Displacement


This report evaluates the food supply subsidy program, Iraq’s Public Distribution System, and assesses its role in mitigating welfare losses of internally displaced persons.



Can Development Aid Change Attitudes toward Refugees? Experimental Evidence from Urban Microentrepreneurs in Uganda


This impact evaluation tests whether micro-enterprise programs—grants, information on aid-sharing, and mentorship— delivered by a refugee-led nonprofit can affect social cohesion, including support for hosting more refugees and allowing them to work.


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The Psychosocial Impacts of Forced Idleness


Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are not allowed to work. What are the psychosocial impacts of idleness? This impact evaluation investigates whether engaging refugees in activities throughout the day improves their psychosocial well-being. 



More is Better: Evaluating the Impact of a Variation in Cash Assistance on the Reintegration Outcomes of Returning Afghan Refugees


This paper studies the impact of a change in the amount of UNHCR reintegration cash assistance provided to Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan. Overall, it finds that larger cash transfer programs can have greater and long-term benefits post-return. 



The Relationship between Economic Opportunities and Host Perceptions of Forced Migrants in Afghanistan


This study aims to answer the question: “Can host community perceptions of forced migrants be influenced by successful, government-led, poverty alleviation interventions?” The study leverages the evaluation of  Targeting the Ultra Poor Program in Afghanistan, which provides economic opportunities through multifaceted intervention, and has led to postive results in consumption and poverty reduction. 

Helping Rohingya Adolescents Create a New Sense of ‘Home’ in Refugee Camps


This impact evaluation will assess whether a photography-based intervention can improve psychosocial and emotional well-being and mental health for adolescents living in Rohingya refugee camps.

Impact Evaluation to Foster Social Cohesion between Refugees and Hosts in Bangladesh


This study investigates how to mitigate prejudice and foster social cohesion between refugee and host communities in Bangladesh.

Impact Evaluation of a Program to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence among Refugees and Host Communities


This report will study the impacts of two innovative interventions under the Social Safety Nets project - a couples' training program and a radio edutainment intervention on intimate partner violence and perceptions of social norms around violence in refugee-hosting areas of Northern Cameroon.

Impact Evaluation of the Employment Promotion and Protection Pilot in Ethiopia


Based on the recent ambitious policy changes being implemented by the Ethiopian government, refugees have been granted the right to work. How do we ensure the successful integration of refugees into the labor market? This impact evaluation will accompany the roll-out of an employment support pilot program and provide answers to critical policy questions.

Impact Evaluation of the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project in Ethiopia and Kenya


This impact evaluation measures the impact on health, education, gender norms, and social cohesion outcomes of a community-driven development project implemented in refugee-hosting areas of Ethiopia and Kenya.

Impact Evaluation of New Pedagogical and Socioemotional Skills Curricula in Jordan


In the context of disorderly and noisy classroom environments, the Jordanian government is piloting a new socio-emotional skills curriculum focused on building students’ self-efficacy, self-confidence, emotion regulation, and growth mindset. This intervention is accompanied by a new training to strengthen teachers’ pedagogical and classroom management practices. This impact evaluation will measure the impact of these new approaches on teachers’ and students’ behavior and skills.

Impact Evaluation of an Entrepreneurship Intervention for Refugees and Host Communities in Niger


This impact evaluation will measure the effect of providing entrepreneurship training to recipients of the Niger Forcibly Displaced Support Project's cash transfer program. It will assess whether or not the training enhances livelihoods.

Impact Evaluation of Enhanced Teacher Support Services in Lebanon


How can secondary school teachers in Lebanon be optimally supported in their increasingly difficult roles of teaching crowded and multi-cultural classrooms? This impact evaluation will assess the impact of a new training curriculum for teachers’ coaches. 


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