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City of Amman, Jordan

Cash in a COVID-19 crisis: Adapting approaches to assisting Jordan-based refugees

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How did cash actors delivering assistance to refugees in Jordan adapt to the COVID-19 crisis? What were the main challenges and did cash actors overcome these? Here to tell us more is André Dürr, an independent consultant specialising in cash transfers who recently carried out a study for the CALP Network.

5 April 2021

A home health visit made to Syrian refugees based in Jordan to support diabetes treatment

Can Cash Transfers Help Syrian Refugees Manage Diabetes?

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Shannon Doocy, Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health describes which combination of interventions resulted in the most effective diabetes treatment for Syrian refugees based in Jordan.

23 March 2021

Data Responsibility in Cash and Voucher Assistance – a toolkit for 2021 

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Linda Raftree, author of the CALP Network’s ‘Data Responsibility Toolkit for CVA Practitioners’, tells us about this new publication and what it means for people working in the field of cash and voucher assistance (CVA). 

17 March 2021

CVA, plus information: what happens when cash recipients are kept in the loop?

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Max Seilern and Hannah Miles from Ground Truth Solutions reveal the positive impacts of simply being more open about cash programming with cash recipients.

15 March 2021

In El Salvador a participant of WFP’s Resilience and Climate Change Programme goes shopping at the local supermarket using the e-voucher she received as part of the programme.

Demystifying the Minimum Expenditure Basket

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Reflections from the CALP Network and WFP’s joint webinar series on MEBs.

10 February 2021

Share, news, research, jobs and more with other cash specialists

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If you need to reach out to an audience of cash and voucher assistance professionals, CALP can help. The CALP Network’s website is a great place to share your cash related blogs, jobs, events, research plans and publications.  1. Share your jobs (CALP members only)  Advertise CVA-related...

19 January 2021

Cash assistance: how design influence VfM?

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Watch the video here In a context where the needs are increasing and funding is likely to drop, how do we make sure that every penny is bringing value to the users?
This short video presents the main findings of the Key Aid report on the question of how specific design decisions related to cash assistance...

27 November 2020

Transferring power to local CVA actors : Rhetoric vs Reality

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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….

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  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.

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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?

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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

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It’s humanitarian planning season once again! The CALP Network’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

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

22 June 2020

Global Remittances to Suffer a Blow From COVID-19

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The CALP Network’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...

17 June 2020

Migrating with dignity: MPCA to Venezuelan families in Peru

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Watch the video here In 2018, with the support of OFDA and FFP, Save the Children implemented a multi-purpose cash transfer ‘Plus’ program in response to the influx of Venezuelan into Peru. The program aimed at covering vulnerable household’s basic needs and prevent them from resorting to negative...

15 June 2020

MPCA ‘Plus’ assistance to people on the move: the case of Venezuelans in Peru

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Watch the video here This video documents the MPCA ‘Plus’ program implemented by Save the Children Peru in response to the Venezuelan crisis, and more specifically highlights the provision of assistance to families on the move, or ‘transiting’ through Peru. Beneficiaries were identified throughout...

15 June 2020

CVA for COVID-19: Listen to people and act on what they say

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Not everyone will be personally affected by the COVID-19 health crisis, but nearly every household will feel its effects economically. For many people in humanitarian crises, particularly those at the margins of society, the economic impact of COVID-19 will be greater and longer-lasting than the health...

11 June 2020

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