Did Cash for Work Programs Promote Recovery from the March 2011 Disasters?

Nagamatsu, Shingo (2015). Did Cash for Work Programs Promote Recovery from the March 2011 Disasters?. Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series. United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.

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    Author Nagamatsu, Shingo
    Title Did Cash for Work Programs Promote Recovery from the March 2011 Disasters?
    Series Title Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series
    Volume/Issue No. 3
    Publication Date 2015
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability
    Pages 6
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper draws some lessons based on experiences with cash for work (CFW) programs during the recovery process from the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in Japan. The Japanese government allocated as much as 400 billion JPY and hired 65,729 people during the two years following the triple disasters, accounting to as much as 20 percent of new employment. Unlike traditional CFW schemes, the CFW programs after the March 2011 disasters offered employment in a wide range of work activities. They also provided a sense of hope for the future to the workers engaged in them. Targeting of CFW programs to the most needy was not necessarily successful, since a large proportion of workers regarded the salary offer by such programs as a supplementary source of income for their households. However, CFW may have provided earning opportunities for those who lost their houses. Self-targeting would not function well in CFW programs, since lower wages offered by them do not attract the workers and may encourage emigration from the affected areas.
    UNBIS Thesaurus EMPLOYMENT
    NATURAL DISASTERS
    MAN-MADE DISASTERS
    HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE
    Keyword Cash for work
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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