Institute for Global Health


REFANI: Research on Cash and Voucher Transfers in Nutritional Emergencies


Dates: 2014-2017

Principal Investigator: Dr Andrew Seal

Partners: Action Against Hunger  |  Concern Worldwide  |  Emergency Nutrition Network

Location: Niger, Somalia, and Pakistan

Funding: DFID

Contact: a.seal@ucl.ac.uk

Project Summary

The Consortium for Research on Food Assistance for Nutritional Impact (REFANI) was an international, 3-year, £3.2 million research project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and ECHO. The REFANI project examined the nutritional impact and cost-effectiveness of cash and/or voucher-based food assistance interventions. The aim was to create new evidence to inform decisions on the prevention of acute malnutrition in emergencies. The results from the three cluster trials implemented by the consortium are described and compared in the Synthesis Report below. For those wanting a quicker read the shorter Summary Report is also available.

Research Team
Dr Andrew Seal
Carlos Grijalva-Eternod
Victoria Sibson
Mohamed Jelle
Tim Colbourn
Dr Jolene Skordis-Worrall
Dr Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli
Dr Joanna Morrison

REFANI consortium web site

REFANI-Niger Protocol Paper
REFANI-Somalia Protocol Paper
Niger Trial Results Paper
Project Synthesis Report
Project Summary Report

Humanitarian Response
Disasters and Emergencies
Public Health
Cohort Studies



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