Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian organization whose mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Working in more than 40 countries around the world, Mercy Corps engages key stakeholders for lasting change, working with private, public, and civil society actors with a focus on ensuring accountability, facilitating inclusive participation and fostering the development of mechanisms for peaceful change.

For this project, Mercy Corps asked the Capstone team to assess how Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) can best support adolescent girls and boys as part of emergency response programming. Cash transfer programming has evolved in the last decade from a nascent concept for development and humanitarian assistance to a well-established tool that enables affected communities to achieve rapid relief while invigorating the local economy to help re-establish stability after a crisis.  CTPs can be a very effective instrument, but they are not appropriate for every context. Similarly, in a humanitarian crises, adolescent girls and boys may be the heads of their household or unaccompanied seeking assistance, they may be suffering from trauma or a disability or they may come from marginalized groups within the society.  Their status as adolescents and young people also puts them at risk as the targets of violence and exploitation. Given this context, Mercy Corps would like the Capstone team to review the different types of CTPs and provide recommendations for which types of context are most suitable for the provision of CTPs to adolescents and when should other means of support be deployed.