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CVA Policy Dialogue

The CVA Policy Dialogue initiative, co-convened by USAID and CALP, was launched to forge a new collective vision for the future of CVA. This one-stop shop provides you with the background, latest updates, upcoming opportunities to engage, and key contacts on the CVA Policy Dialogue initiative.

Why is this initiative needed?

While the use of cash as part of humanitarian response has grown significantly since 2016, recent research shows that that the scale of CVA could be increased to 30-50% of international humanitarian assistance and that the quality of CVA needs to improve to achieve more people centred, more efficient and more effective aid. Building on previous commitments, a new collective vision is essential to ensure this happens.

In June, USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and the CALP Network convened over 130 senior leaders to discuss the need for this collective vision. Almost 80 organisations, representing local and international NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, UN agencies, donors, and private sector actors, have already committed to engage in a process to shape a collective vision for the future of CVA and more are signing up.

The CVA Policy Dialogue initiative, co-convened by USAID and CALP and was launched to forge a new collective vision for the future of CVA.

Principles of the process

  • This is a community dialogue.
  • The process will focus on two issues initially – namely people-centred CVA and locally led CVA.
  • The process will start with local and national actors.
  • An iterative approach will be adopted, with the process shaped by those involved as it progresses.
  • Opportunities will be sought to engage with, and mutually reinforce, other policy processes, like the Grand Bargain.

How to get involved

There are lot of ways to engage:

  • Join important events coming up soon – see the list below.
  • Engage in constituency consultations with local and national actors, donors, international NGOs, UN agencies and private sector actors. These will be organised across the network – starting from October.
  • Keep updated via CALP’s global newsletter
  • Share your views on emerging issues on LinkedIn and other social media channels.
  • More to be announced!

Get in touch

If you have you any questions about this initiative and/or want to get further involved, please contact: Kate Hart, kate.hart@calpnetwork.org, Crys Chamaa, crys.chamaa@calpnetwork.org, and Lynn Yoshikawa, lynn.yoshikawa@calpnetwork.org.

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