Battling Inefficient Food Aid in Post-Conflict-Ridden Communities: Conditional Cash Transfers as an Alternative
Due to budget cuts stemming from the economic recession, many international aid organizations and donor countries are forced to discontinue or downsize aid programs in developing countries. In post-conflict-ridden communities such as those in the Aceh province of
Indonesia, people are faced with the task of rebuilding both their lives and their communities. In an effort to combine these two components into one agenda, cash-for-work programs have become an increasingly popular option. These programs involve conditional cash transfers, which are given from a government or non-governmental organization (NGO) to specific individuals or groups of people in need and are contingent upon certain stipulations, such as sending children to school or visiting a doctor for scheduled appointments. This paper will examine cash-for-work (CFW) programs, which provide households with employment opportunities to meet basic needs. Additionally, if the work involves infrastructure repair, these programs can also help rebuild communities. This paper will also argue that food in-kind donations are an inefficient form of aid and will explore the possibility of conditional cash
transfers, within the scope of CFW programs, to optimize aid to developing countries after a major conflict or disaster. Evidence will show CFW programs to be a more viable means of attaining food security and overall development in post-conflict situations while incentivizing
rebuilding in post-emergency situations.