Cash assistance and its environmental implications
In recent years, the use of the “cash” modality in humanitarian programmes has grown exponentially. Some actors also put forward, among others things, their environmental benefits. The main hypothesis being that if items are purchased locally, humanitarian actors will have a reduced carbon footprint. However, this equation may not be so simple….
Looking Through an Environmental Lens – Implications and opportunities for Cash Transfer Programming in humanitarian response
This study reviews the tensions between the use of cash assistance and negative environmental impacts in the humanitarian assistance process and defines a diagnostic framework for assessing these impacts to define how to make assistance transfers in a way which minimizes the potential for negative environmental impacts.
Environmental considerations on possible Cash and Voucher Assistance for St. Vincent’s Volcano Eruption Response
This document is based on early-stage findings of the Project “Environmental Considerations in Cash & Voucher Assistance” which UNHCR Colombia is developing with financial support of UNEP and in collaboration with the Colombia Cash Working Group (CWG). It has been adapted to the context of the Saint Vincent volcano emergency.
Review of environmental impact of Cash Based Interventions and in-kind assistance
This document presents the main findings and recommendations from an Arup review commissioned by UNHCR on the environmental impact of Cash-Based Interventions (CBIs) and in-kind assistance. It aims to fill a gap in humanitarian assistance knowledge, and to strengthen the ability of humanitarians to take informed decisions when selecting, planning and implementing assistance modalities (CBIs and Core Relief Items, CRIs), to better account for the environment in the planning and monitoring of interventions.