Seminar: Cash transfers – What works, and how can civil society complement governments?

Join this seminar to learn about the most recent evidence on cash transfers, perhaps the most rapidly growing development intervention over the last years, and hear examples of its implementation from civil society organizations and others.

Time: September 28th 2022, 09:00-11:00 am
Location: Norad offices, Bygdøy allé 2, Oslo + live stream

Cash transfers have for many years been considered a useful tool in humanitarian responses. However, increasingly, cash transfers are also used as a tool for strengthening long-term development, and in addition to or as an alternative to other interventions.

As part of Norad’s strategy towards 2030, several new portfolios are currently being shaped. One of them is social safety nets, which includes the use of cash transfers. This portfolio will have a primary focus on supporting a selection of partner countries in building and enhancing national systems for social safety nets. Civil society organizations can, however, play an important role in supporting and complementing these efforts.

In this seminar, researchers and practitioners will join us to share their experiences working with cash transfers as a complement to and part of national social safety net systems. Evidence shows that cash transfers have positive effects across several SDGs, including poverty, hunger, school enrollment, health, and female empowerment. Several organizations have built large cash programs, and others have designed interventions that combine cash and for example skill training. Cash transfers may also be adapted to help mitigate the effects of climate change, increase food security and strengthen resilience.

The aim of this seminar is to learn, get inspiration and discuss current trends with regards to using cash in development aid.


  • Welcoming words from Bård Vegar Solhjell, Director general, Norad
  • Introduction from State Secretary Bjørg Sandkjær
  • Norad – about social safety nets, cash transfers and the role of NGOs
  • The case for using more unconditional cash transfers in development aid by Rory Stewart, CEO of GiveDirectly
  • Straight in the hands of the poor: on foreign assistance in cash and in kind by Professor Kalle Moene, University in Oslo - UiO
  • Towards a New Paradigm by Ryan Anderson, Senior Regional Programme Advisor at WFP
  • An example of child cash transfers from Nigeria and Nepal by Diego Alexander Foss, Senior Policy Adviser, and Bishwa Pun, Program Coordinator, from Save the Children

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Published 28.09.2022
Last updated 28.09.2022