Asia and Pacific
The CALP Network provides coordination, technical and policy support for organizations implementing or considering cash and voucher assistance in the Asia Pacific region. The CALP Network’s regional office is at Action Against Hunger in Manila, Philippines.
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 Response Plan: COVID-19 Over the last few weeks we’ve seen significant discussion on the CALP Network d-groups and elsewhere on what the COVID pandemic means for cash and voucher assistance (CVA). The...
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 resources are added. The below is intended to help organisations understand and prepare for likely impacts of COVID-19 on their work, consider whether CVA is right for the contexts in which they operate and...
The CALP Network-Asia Pacific Regional Cash Working Group learning event report
On 20-22 May, 27 cash working group (CWG) coordinators and regional technical focal points convened from Afghanistan, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Pacific region, the Philippines and Vietnam to share experiences and strengthen coordination between country, regional and global levels. The objectives of the event were to: 1) Share experiences and identify solutions around...
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Cash Assistance for GBV Survivors Receiving Case Management in Indonesia
In partnership with Johns Hopkins University, UNFPA conducted an evaluation study on cash assistance for GBV Survivors receiving Case Management in Indonesia. The evaluation study was conducted to understand the impact of the cash assistance on safety, health, and uptake of services of GBV survivors in...
Ensuring Inclusive Cash and Voucher Programming in Vanuatu
Save the Children is expanding its cash and voucher programming in Vanuatu; helping families to overcome financial barriers to improve outcomes for their children and advocating for investments in a national social protection system.
This report presents the findings of a Gender Equality, Disability...
Ensuring Inclusive Cash and Voucher Programming in Solomon Islands
Save the Children is expanding its cash and voucher programming in Solomon Islands; helping families to overcome financial barriers to improve outcomes for their children and advocating for investments in a national social protection system.
This report presents the findings of a Gender Equality,...
Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Analysis: Rapid review to inform cash programming in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
There is compelling global evidence that, on average, cash transfers reduce monetary poverty, raise school attendance and use of health services, reduce child labour and increase women’s decision-making power and choices. Cash programming though, is relatively new in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and...
WVI Cash Roadmap 2.0 – New Avenues – Leveraging, multiplying “Nexus” cash to take children and their families further than imagined
WVI's strategic global Cash Roadmap 2.0 (2024-2027) speaks to the organisations' commitment that amidst polycrises and resourcing constraints, there is urgency to maximise and multiply World Vision's capabilities, assets and cash voucher programming (CVP=CVA) is a powerful tool to do so.
Pre-crisis Assessment of Monsoon Flooding in Bangladesh
Shifting the focus from response to anticipation of monsoon floods, the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (RCO) and Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) with support from NORCAP/CashCap implemented a pre-crisis survey to understand at-risk people’s perceptions and preparations for monsoon...
The Humanitarian Transfer Platform raises the level of daily service to include the distribution of more than 100 thousand humanitarian assistance per day, benefiting more than half a million Yemenis
In early August, the level of access to the Humanitarian Transfer Platform, a platform for the management of humanitarian action and the distribution of conditional and unconditional cash assistance and in-kind assistance, was increased to 100 thousand assistance per day with a value exceeding 4 billion...
Saving Lives and Assets: The value of nexus “Cash” approaches to Anticipatory Action and Social Protection during climate-induced crises
As a follow-on reflection from an inter-agency panel presentation at the ECHO EHF 2023, panelists highlight the importance of drastically changing “gear” to scale up pre-crisis Anticipatory Action investment, leveraging the “nexus” enabler – cash. Humanitarian needs have reached an unprecedented...
IOM Cash-Based Interventions Annual Report and Case Studies 2022
Since 2019, IOM has placed special attention on building capacity to increase the use and coordination of cash-based interventions (CBI) across the organization in line with the Grand Bargain commitments. Following the successful implementation of the IOM Strategy for Humanitarian CBI 2019–2021, the...
Using Cash and Voucher Assistance to improve Menstrual Health and Hygiene in Bangladesh
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners are implementing a Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) project for women and girls in two urban slums of Dhaka using Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA). The project has a dual objective of responding to period poverty in Bangladesh – the struggle...
CWG Learning Workshop: Report – Consolidate Knowledge
On June 8th, the United Nations hosted a Learning Workshop on cash-based programmes in Sri Lanka. Led by the Cash Working Group (CWG) and supported by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (RCO), the workshop served as a platform for consolidating knowledge for cash-based interventions amid the...
Market Functionality Index: Assessing the functionality of selected markets for cash-based assistance
Markets are functional. While there remain variations from market to market, Sri Lanka’s markets currently have a wide range of products, adequate physical availability of essential goods, a resilient supply chain and sufficient levels of hygiene and cleanliness. Overall market functionality remains...
Economic Drivers of Displacement in Yemen
As Yemen enters its eighth year of conflict, the country faces interconnected social and economic crises, severely limiting the government’s ability to sustain vital public services and a stable employment market. Additionally, Yemenis’ purchasing power has dramatically reduced due to exchange rate...
Cash to Increase Facility-Based Deliveries in the Philippines
In 2021-2022, the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Philippines introduced Cash for Maternal Health – Emergency Fund in the conflict-affected Maguindanao province. The Cash for Maternal Health project was designed to facilitate safe pregnancy and delivery. Cash was provided after delivery in...
Iraq Cash Forum ActivityInfo Reporting Manual 2023 – Cash and Voucher Assistance
Guidelines and Tools
This manual aims to assist Iraq Cash Forum (ICF) members and, specifically, their Activity Info (AI) focal points during the reporting period in the AI platform. The document serves to ensure the quality of the reporting and that reporting deadlines are met. The ICF supports Cash and Voucher Assistance...
Coordinating with the Petrol Sector to Enhance Early Warning
For far too long humanitarian actors and coordination mechanisms have witnessed sharp price variations of core commodities without the capacity to forecast them. While to date some Cash and Vouchers Working Groups (e.g., Afghanistan) establish mechanisms to continue monitoring and adapt transfer values in...
Cash Transfers and Digital Financial Inclusion: Regional evidence from the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Nepal
The study examines the barriers and opportunities to strengthening digital financial inclusion for cash transfer recipients in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal. Specifically, it maps the existing evidence on the landscape of digital financial inclusion and cash...
Pacific Regional Cash Working Group (PRCWG): Quarterly meeting
Agenda/ Minutes of Meeting on the Quarterly Meeting (26 January 2023) of the Pacific Regional Cash Working Group (PRCWG).
Mainstreaming Gender-based Violence (GBV) Considerations in CVA: Key tips for Cash Actors Engaged in the Myanmar Response
In Myanmar, over $53 million USD has been disbursed in CVA since January 2021. The delivery of the assistance has been impacted by tremendous context-specific challenges, both technical and operational as well as related to protection or gender-based violence (GBV). In light of the security and political...
Pacific cash learning event 2022: Report
The Pacific Cash Learning Event was held during an important time for the region. The Pacific is highly vulnerable to disasters, which are becoming increasingly frequent and intense as a result of climate change. These disasters threaten health, food and water systems and economic security, while the...