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Nigeria: Partner Capacity Assessment - Cash Transfer Programming - July 2017



Humanitarian actors are increasingly using cash transfer programmes (CTP) as an effective and efficient means of meeting the increasing humanitarian needs in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, where an estimated 14 million people1 are currently in need of humanitarian assistance, including 1.8 million internally displaced. As part of wider efforts to establish a solid evidence base as to the appropriateness and feasibility of using CTP in different parts of the country, this partner capacity survey was undertaken with the aim of providing an overview of the capacity of implementing partners to implement and scale up such programmes. In this regard, it is intended to inform strategic level decision making on the most appropriate response modality, and is not intended to provide information on the specific capacities of any one actor.
The survey was informed by the Cash Learning Partnership’s (CaLP) Organisation Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) and partner surveys previously piloted in joint cash feasibility processes2. It was administered to both humanitarian and development partners working in Nigeria in February/March 2017, with a total of 23 partner responses3. Participants were asked to self-assess their capacities in the following categories: i) programme management, ii) leadership and organizational management, iii) human resource management, iv) financial management and v) partnership and coordination.
Limitations to the survey should be noted. This includes the self-assessment format (which makes it prone to over reporting individual capacities), as well as the low response rate - out of the 23 respondents, only fourteen partners completed the majority or the entire survey. An additional nine responded to only one or two questions. Some 11 entities were not identified at all, neither their name, nor type of organization4.
Despite these limitations, the survey results can give decision-makers an overall indication of available capacities to implement and scale up cash in different parts of the country, particularly as it relates to the current response in the north-east. While such information, when combined with other criteria assessments, can support a common understanding of cash feasibility among different sectors and partners, further and more detailed assessments of individual potential partners will be required to fully inform specific decisions on individual cash programming. The survey can also serve to help to identify areas of work that would benefit from a common approach and joint efforts to strengthen partners’ capacity to implement cash programmes.

Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Date(s): 
30 Jul 2017
Report completed
Unit(s) of Measurement: 
Collection Method(s): 
Baseline data analysis
Population Type(s): 
Camp population
Host communities
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Plan International
Save The Children
World Food Programme
Cash Transfer Programming
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