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Transferring power to local CVA actors : Rhetoric vs Reality

Blog Post

One of the major changes we’ve seen between the publication of the first State of the World’s Cash report in 2018 and this year’s report is an increased focus on the importance of localisation. If taken seriously, localisation could shake the foundations of the humanitarian system and radically...

9 November 2020

When recipients of aid are in the driving seat – everything changes for the better – here’s why….

Blog Post

  Imagine living under a government with largely benevolent intentions which believes itself to be a democracy and wants to do better. However, at the same time they fail to institute effective mechanisms for citizen participation in decision-making and have a habit of making selective use of the data...

4 November 2020

As Cash and Voucher Assistance scales up, can quality keep pace? Four systemic changes needed.

Blog Post

A decade ago, the use of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) was a fringe activity limited to small, scattered projects.  Five years ago, CVA was still viewed with scepticism by many and comprised less than eight percent of international humanitarian assistance (IHA). Today, while critics remain, cash is...

26 October 2020

Is cash transforming the humanitarian system or is the system limiting how cash is used?

Blog Post

At the State of World’s Cash 2020 launch event, Sorcha O’Callaghan, Director of Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI warned that, “Cash offers a huge transformative potential, but as far as the system is privileging the interest of the agencies over people in crisis, we won’t be able to see...

26 October 2020

Five practical insights on linking humanitarian assistance and social protection

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With COVID-19 increasing interest in the concept of linking humanitarian assistance with national social protection systems, Gabrielle Smith shares some practical tips for humanitarian practitioners on how this can be achieved. Gabrielle is an expert on the FCDO- and GDC-funded SPACE initiative which is...

12 October 2020

Ep. 4. How to link social protection and humanitarian CVA: What do we really know and where to start?

Podcast

In this episode of the CashCast, we explore how to Link Social Protection and Humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance.

How to build a Humanitarian Response Plan that makes a difference: tips on accountability and cash

Blog Post

It’s humanitarian planning season once again! CaLP’s Sophie Tholstrup and Ground Truth Solutions’ Meg Sattler reflect on how to use the humanitarian planning process to build more effective, people-centred responses.

23 September 2020

Ep. 3. What does the future of financial assistance mean for your work today?

Podcast

In this episode of the CashCast we speak to Meg Sattler from Ground Truth Solutions, Lars Peter Nissen from ACAPS, and Jenny Caswell from GSMA about the changes we should be seeing today, to effectively meet the humanitarian needs of the future.

CVA & COVID-19: Remote Market Assessment and Monitoring

Blog Post

As field practitioners adapt their programmes to COVID-19, colleagues across our membership and Cash Working Groups are identifying multiple challenges. CaLP is working with others to develop a series of short, field-focused recommendations for such practitioners. The purpose of this series is to share...

22 June 2020

Global Remittances to Suffer a Blow From COVID-19

Blog Post

CaLP’s Future of Financial Assistance report highlighted the importance for CVA actors of working with and alongside other financial flows, which often dwarf volumes of humanitarian aid in crisis contexts. Of these flows, remittances are a critical lifeline for many crisis-affected households. Gerelyn...

17 June 2020