Cash-for-Work and NRM in pastoral Ethiopia
RAIN (Revitalizing Agricultural/Pastoral Incomes and New Markets) is a 3-year project implemented by Mercy Corps and Save the Children UK in parts of Somali and Oromiya Regions in Ethiopia. At mid-term in the project, Mercy Corps and Feinstein International Center of Tufts University reviewed elements related to cash-for-work and natural resource management (NRM) and explored ways to reshape strategies and activities to achieve greater impact. Case studies in Somali pastoralist areas focused on cash distributions during drought and restocking after drought, looking at levels of asset transfer relative to the livelihoods impact and the time needed to achieve it. Simple economic modelling was used to predict how different levels of one-off cash transfers would impact on different types of poor agropastoral and pastoral households. More details about methods and findings can be found in the report Rapid Review of the Cash-for-Work and Natural Resource Management Components of the RAIN Project.