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Transferring power to local CVA actors : Rhetoric vs Reality
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...
When recipients of aid are in the driving seat – everything changes for the better – here’s why….
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...
As Cash and Voucher Assistance scales up, can quality keep pace? Four systemic changes needed.
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...
Is cash transforming the humanitarian system or is the system limiting how cash is used?
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...
Five practical insights on linking humanitarian assistance and social protection
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...
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Consent and Ownership in the Shift to Digital Cash and Voucher Assistance
Part of committing to cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is committing to going digital and collecting data. While they are two different things, they are deeply intertwined. And while an organisation can ‘go digital’ without cash programmes, it’s nearly impossible to commit to cash programmes in the...
Harmonising Data Systems for Cash Transfer Programming: Three key steps for Somalia
Cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is gaining traction as a transformative tool for addressing humanitarian needs in Somalia, with people living in crisis reporting that transfers of this kind helped to build resilience and diversify livelihoods. Delivery, however, is plagued by data challenges around the...
Towards Organizational Readiness for Data Responsibility: A simple framework for responsible data champions
This blog is the third in a series on cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and risk. While the first blog busted some myths around misappropriation and fraud in CVA, the second blog looked into a specific risk for recipients of CVA: the risk of misuse of personal data. This third, guest blog from Linda...
An ABC for MPC: What multipurpose cash can and cannot do
Terminology Matters From cash coordination workshops in Dakar to market-based programming sessions in Geneva, anyone who has ever discussed cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in a meeting can tell you that terminology is a challenge – especially when it comes to multipurpose cash. However, speaking the...
It’s Planning Season Again – What CVA actors need to know about changes to the Humanitarian Programme Cycle
This time last year we wrote a planning season call to arms, urging Cash Working Groups (CWGs) and Clusters to work together for better inclusion of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in the Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP). Well planning season has rolled around again, this time with some significant...
How Will Financial Assistance Look in 2030? Here are your thoughts so far
In 2030, humanitarian crises and the ways in which humanitarian needs are met will look very different from today. The role of financial assistance is growing: it is estimated that $4.8 billion was delivered in cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in 2018, as well as $686 billion in remittances, while 2.5...
Celebrating #WomenHumanitarians from our Membership for World Humanitarian Day 2019
World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.
Lessons in Driving Large Scale Change: CaLP’s reflections from the Humanitarian Innovation Exchange
The scaling of cash programming, enabled by mobile money, represents one of the most significant recent innovations in the humanitarian sector. In two guest blogs for Elrha (Enhanced Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance), our Director Karen Peachey explores CaLP’s role in driving...
Leveraging Cash and Voucher Assistance in Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response
Despite a reported 60% scale-up in cash and voucher delivery from 2016-18, its use for protection outcomes – including to support the prevention of and response to gender-based violence – trails behind that of all other sectors. In our latest guest blog, Tenzin Manell of Women’s Refugee Commission...
A New Blueprint for the Future of Financial Assistance
Ahead of our workshop on the Future of Financial Assistance in Amman on 24 and 25 July, Paula Gil Baizan, independent expert and a member of the steering committee for CaLP’s Future of Financial Assistance work, encourages us to re-imagine the blueprint upon which we build the future of cash. CaLP is...