Principal investigator (PI), Dr. Jad Chaaban and co-PI Dr. Nisreen Salti secured a research grant for the second phase of the AUB-CAMEALEON research component in a 16 month project, with a total funding of $333,840.
The successful first phase measured the short- and long-term impact of multi-purpose cash (MPC) assistance and the impact of discontinuation on the well-being of Syrian refugees across multiple dimensions including household expenditures, food security, housing and WASH, education, employment, health and decision-making.
Based on the results of the final analysis from the first phase, and the knowledge gap on impact of cash transfers in humanitarian settings, the second phase focuses on the shelter and UN Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) dimensions; specifically tackling these research questions:
1) What WASH and Shelter-related services are available to MPC beneficiaries? How do they differ by type of shelter structure and gender of head of household?
2) What factors mediate or inhibit the impact of MPC on Shelter and WASH outcomes?
3) What are the causal pathways through which MPC is improving the household's living standards and access to quality shelter and WASH services?