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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

CVA & COVID-19: Adapting Delivery Mechanisms

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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...

8 June 2020

So COVID-19, there’s an app for that…

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In an earlier blog we explored the implications of COVID-19 adaptations in CVA response on an individuals’ right to privacy. We also argued that data portability in CVA could be explored as part of an opportunity to build back better. In this guest blog from Alesh Brown, founder at TrustWorks.io, we...

2 June 2020

The Caribbean is ‘cash ready’ – but are humanitarian actors?

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The Caribbean Atlantic hurricane season starts today, amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 response. At the launch of the CALP Network’s “Winds of Change” briefing note on the use of CVA in the Caribbean, Ms. Andria Grosvenor, Acting Deputy Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency...

1 June 2020

CVA response – COVID-19, privacy, carrots and open banking

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Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, there has been heightened interest in the use of technology for humanitarian assistance provision, both to help fight the spread of the pandemic through a plethora of tracing apps, and to help reach people who have been worst hit economically with remote registration...

26 May 2020

COVID-19, sanctions, counterterrorist financing and CVA

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Are anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing or know your customer requirements hampering your ability to reach vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic? This is what we know so far. Do you have examples which can be used to influence policy? The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it...

18 May 2020

Linking Social Protection and Humanitarian Cash

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The case for social protection to help people cope with shocks has always been clear and never more obvious than during the current Covid-19 crisis. These issues are currently playing out in real time as governments, donors and aid agencies scramble to find ways to get more help to more people to cope...

15 May 2020

The $90Bn Question: Can we reach 700 million people in response to COVID-19?

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As COVID-19 impacts on the health, livelihoods and wellbeing of people around the world, governments and societies are faced with impossible choices. The impacts on the world’s most vulnerable are starting to bite, with an estimated 130 million additional people facing acute food insecurity by the end...

5 May 2020

COVID-19 and Cash Transfers in MENA: What’s Possible?

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Some of the most complex and protracted humanitarian crises in the world are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. These crises were already suffering from funding shortfalls and worsening vulnerabilities. Now, like the rest of the world, people in MENA – both host and refugee/displaced...

3 May 2020

Why is tracking CVA considered a challenge, and will applying minimum requirements help to make progress?

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How much humanitarian aid is delivered as cash and voucher assistance (CVA)? An innocent enough enquiry, which may not have quite opened Pandora’s box, but has released a few cans of worms. This is a very technical topic and has a lot to do with the complexities and limitations of organizational and...

23 April 2020

Impossible Choices – questioning assumptions behind lock-down in low income and fragile contexts

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“The COVID-19 pandemic will have devastating consequences on people’s livelihoods and employment, especially in post-fragile, crisis and post-crisis environments.” Global Humanitarian Response Plan: COVID-19 Over the last few weeks we’ve seen significant discussion on the CALP Network d-groups and...

8 April 2020

COVID-19 and CVA: how are operational actors responding?

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“The COVID-19 pandemic will have devastating consequences on people’s livelihoods and employment, especially in post-fragile, crisis and post-crisis environments.” Global Humanitarian Response Plan: COVID-19 We don’t yet know exactly how the COVID-19 pandemic will be experienced by the world’s...

30 March 2020

Oxfam cash distribution in Iraq

The CALP Network Glossary in Arabic: A common understanding and greater consistency

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The first version of the CALP Network Glossary of Terms was published in 2011. This aimed to encourage mutual understanding, and increase coordination and clarity when it comes to the terms and definitions used in the world of cash and voucher assistance (CVA). Since our work began in the MENA region,...

27 February 2020

Cash Week 2019: How cash is driving change across the system

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Cash Week 2019 aimed to provide a space to reflect, learn, and look ahead, to ensure quality in our use of CVA at scale. The CALP team reflects on the key takeaways from the events that took place around the world, and what they mean for actors within and beyond the humanitarian sector.

20 February 2020

A guide to Cash and Voucher Assistance at Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week

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Don’t miss any of the sessions on cash and voucher assistance during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week, which takes place in Geneva from 3 to 7 February 2020. On Monday 3 February, dive into the week with a session from the CALP Network on the Future of Financial Assistance: Supporting...

24 January 2020

Podcast: Will risk aversion hold us back from realizing the potential of CVA?

Podcast

Episode 1 of the CashCast, exploring how attitudes to risk have impacted the use of CVA in the Middle East and North Africa region.

CVA and Risks: What happens in the field, stays in the field?

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In October 2019 in Douala, Cameroon, the CALP Network facilitated a learning event exploring the risks to beneficiary protection in Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA). This closed-door workshop, held as part of series of meetings and webinars on theme of CVA and risk in different regions, convened 25...

25 November 2019

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning: how to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and accountability

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What are the key issues these and other emerging models are facing as they design to deliver better for people in crisis? What are the opportunities and challenges presented by working together differently? 

21 November 2019

The Future of Financial Assistance: Why we wrote it, and where next

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The world is changing rapidly. The way we deliver assistance is not. The CALP Network and IARAN’s new report on the Future of Financial Assistance makes clear that (i) significant change is urgently needed – new partners, new tools, new modes of collaboration, (ii) change must be drive by what’s...

21 November 2019

Consent and Ownership in the Shift to Digital Cash and Voucher Assistance

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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...

11 November 2019