Realising the potential of humanitarian cash transfers – through perception data


Cash transfer programming is widely accepted by the international humanitarian community as a positive driver of change. But just how is it perceived by the intended beneficiaries of this cash revolution? To find out, Ground Truth Solutions and the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) created the Cash Barometer.

Our goal is to understand what people affected by crisis think about the relevance and effectiveness of cash-based humanitarian aid. Going beyond project-specific feedback on what is purchased or consumed, the Cash Barometer combines standardised face-to-face surveys with qualitative data collection. Browse through the most recent findings below and share your feedback with us.




Our pilot survey in Afghanistan includes 600 people in Kabul, Nangarhar, and Helmand. Most received one-off cash transfers. The most common transfer modality was cash in hand. 


Respondents – from Nairobi and Turkana counties – rated their experience with mechanisms to receive, manage and spend cash transfers. Most received regular unrestricted cash, or food items together with electronic vouchers.


This survey analyses the views of 603 refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants in Istanbul, Gaziantep, and Izmir. Around 70% of them received some type of cash assistance; mostly through bank cards.