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


Population Health & Health Systems


Further research