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Increasing the use of cash – part of the answer to humanitarian funding cuts?
CALP’s Director Karen Peachey argues that in the face of humanitarian funding cuts we need to be using the most cost-efficient tools available to us – and that cash fits the bill.
Will New Technologies Help Deliver More and Better Cash?
Technology brings new opportunities, risks, and dilemmas for the humanitarian system. In this episode, we explore these issues, and question whether the combination of technology and cash could bring transformative change and finally make aid more people-centered.
What is stopping cash from transforming humanitarian aid?
Over six episodes, Series 2 of CashCast explores what’s holding humanitarian cash assistance back from reaching its full potential: Where has change flourished or faltered? And what can we do about it? Together, with our six fascinating guests, we delve into issues around CVA transformative change,...
Can Cash Change the Humanitarian System?
In this episode we reflect on how far cash has changed the humanitarian system. We question whether it has lived up to early expectations or whether the system is using cash without fundamentally changing. What's needed to make the humanitarian system better at responding to needs and preferences of...
Cash – How Can We Unlock its Real Potential?
In receny years, cash has been changing the humanitarian system, but how have these shifts truly impacted the people affected by crisis? And what changes need to happen if cash is going to reach its full potential? In this episode, we embark on an eye-opening journey with our dynamic duo of guests, Meg...
Is Cash the Key to More People Centred Aid?
In this episode we ask what people-centered aid looks like in practice, particularly when we think about cash and voucher assistance? With our three guests, we explore if people centred aid is different or is just a new buzz-phrase. Most importantly we explore the role cash could play in achieving more...
Can Cash Make the Humanitarian System More Accountable?
In this episode we explore accountability issues within the humanitarian system, their root causes and potential solutions. We ask if cash and voucher assistance has a part to play in improving accountability, and what that could look like.
Is Large-scale Cash Compatible with Locally Led Response?
In this episode, we challenge the idea that locally led response and large-scale CVA are incompatible. We explore the myths around local actors and the barriers to further progress.
Humanitarian cash assistance at a crossroads, warns new report
Press release: The State of the World's Cash 2023
CVA Update: Emergencies in Libya and Morocco
Amidst recent natural disasters in Morocco and Libya, we interview Rana Nassar, CALP’s Regional Representative in the Middle East and North Africa region, to understand the challenges and responses in these crisis-stricken regions.
Rethinking vulnerability, fairness, and CVA targeting – what if we let people decide?
While it is common practice to ask people affected by crisis whether they prefer cash assistance, in-kind, or another aid modality, people are rarely consulted when it comes to aid duration, coverage, or transfer value. This blog argues that engaging with affected communities on these issues could allow...
Four Reasons to Use a Route-Based Approach to Cash and Voucher Assistance
With human mobility being a fact of most humanitarian crises, is it time to change from a country to a route-based approach? With four key points, Holly Welcome Radice argues the time for a route-based approach has arrived.
In conversation with humanitarians: Are we doing enough to put people in crisis first?
We interviewed Heba and Santosh, to hear their views about involving recipients in the design and implementation of humanitarian cash and voucher assistance. Well worth a read!
Making cash people centred: Practical advice from IFRC
IFRC has put together a short online course for humanitarian practitioners highlighting the role of Community Engagement in Cash and Voucher Assistance. Providing a sneak-peak into some of the course content, they’ve summarised their top-line advice for making cash people-centred throughout the...
What does the Grand Bargain 3.0 mean for Cash and Voucher Assistance?
A summary of the latest developments on the Grand Bargain, and what they mean for humanitarian cash and voucher assistance.
Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance statement: The need for a humanitarian policy refresh
Statement from Sarah Charles, the Assistant to the Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) on the policy process to renew and refresh our CVA policy commitments
High-level meeting attended by over 130 senior leaders highlights the need for a humanitarian policy refresh
Summary of high-level meeting which launched a collective process for refreshing cash and voucher assistance-related policy commitments.
Money, that’s what I want
People in crisis tell us they need cash, but technocrats say cash is a ‘modality’ not a ‘need’. In this guest blog, Ground Truth Solutions argue that it doesn’t matter.
Turkiye and Syria Earthquake Response: Advice and resources for cash practitioners
Drawing on learning from comparable crises, we have compiled useful information and advice for anyone involved in Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) programming in Turkiye and Syria following the recent earthquakes.
Microlearning video: CVA and Gender
This video provides an overview of the relationship between gender and cash and voucher assistance (CVA) structured around the humanitarian project cycle, which include: Assessment and response analysis: How to adjust the assessment processes to achieve a more accurate reflection of gender and...