Middle East and North Africa
COVID-19 and Cash Transfers in MENA: What’s Possible?
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...
CVA in COVID-19 Contexts: Guidance from the CaLP network
Guidelines and Tools
This is a summary of the key points from the many resources you shared on CVA and COVID through this document. This is a living document and we will continue to update this summary as new...
Impossible Choices – questioning assumptions behind lock-down in low income and fragile contexts
“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...
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ELAN Workshop Report: E-Transfers in Iraq and Syria
This report outlines the main conclusions and takeways of ELAN workshop held in Iraq. The event was organized to meet the following objectives: Introduce participants to the what, why, and when of e-transfers. Explore solutions to the particular challenges of using e-transfers in Iraq and Syria. Share...
Giving Better: Lessons from Cash Grants for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
Cash grants to the poor have proven to be an effective form of aid for reducing poverty. Direct cash assistance is inexpensive to administer and allows recipients to buy what they want and need, rather than what experts think they need. Recent research shows that cash grants also work well for assisting...
Impact Evaluation of the Multipurpose Cash Assistance Programme
The Syrian crisis is currently in its sixth year, with over one million Syrians still living in Lebanon as refugees. Nearly 60% of all financial resources pledged by UN agencies and INGOs were to secure basic assistance for Syrian refugees, mainly to support them in meeting food and healthcare needs. In...
Supporting Dignified Choices ‘Paper Plus’ Cash Voucher Programming in Camps in Jordan
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Jordan has directly assisted close to 400,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in both formal camps and host communities since it began operations in November 2012. NRC is the lead partner of UNHCR in Zaatari and Azraq camps in providing refugees with shelter and the...
Electronic Cash Grants in Emergencies: Approaches and lessons learned
Cash distributions in an emergency: A concept that seems so obvious today yet has only recently gained recognition within humanitarian response programming for its speed, efficiency and—above all—effectiveness.
This document provides a snapshot for humanitarian response peers on best practices,...
A Review of Evidence of Humanitarian Cash Transfer Programming in Urban Areas
Urban poor populations frequently experience disasters of varying typology and intensity. When set against a backdrop of poverty and marginalisation, their needs can be complex. As recent urban crises have pushed humanitarian agencies to respond in urban areas, this literature review examines the...
A Review of Evidence of Humanitarian Cash Transfer Programming in Urban Areas: Annexes
Annexes to accompany the working paper ‘A review of evidence
of humanitarian cash transfer programming in urban areas”
Cash Transfer Program in Northern Syria
Humanitarian needs, both in Syria and neighbouring countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq), have rapidly increased since the beginning of the conflict. The Aleppo governorate, as one of the county’s most populated areas with a total population of 4,670,000, has suffered from the consequences...
Remittances to Syria: What works, where and how
This study sought to understand remittance flows into Syria, and established that various Informal Value Transfer Systems (IVTS) are used, to the exclusion of the formal banking sector. Registered and unregistered hawala, courier services and family connections are used. Remittances have played an...
Workshop Report – Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) in Northern Syria: Where are we now and where do we want to be?
This report summarizes the outcomes of a one day workshop on Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) that was organized by the Cash-Based Responses Technical Working Group (CBR-TWG) for Northern Syria on April 28th 2015 in Gaziantep, Turkey. The workshop was attended by a wide group of stakeholders from the...