Humanitarian funding is volatile. Consequently, humanitarian interventions are often scaled down while the crisis they are designed to address is still ongoing. This study explores the implications of scaling down a humanitarian intervention for program beneficiaries.
The program, which was developed by UNICEF Jordan, supports the school participation of displaced Syrian children. It provides poor displaced households with a combination of unconditional cash transfers and text messages that encourage caregivers to send their children back to school after the winter break, a precarious period during which many children drop out of school. Relying on a cluster-randomized trial with multiple treatment arms, the study explores and decomposes the impacts of (discontinuing) the cash transfers and the encouragement messages on child wellbeing.