West and Central Africa
Why you need a plan A, B and C: Using cash in hard-to-reach contexts
Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) can be a valuable response choice in hard-to-reach areas, but it must be properly adapted to context with sufficient investment given to preparedness. Mirko Tommasi explains how preparing multiple plans, being flexible and ready to change plans fast and frequently is crucial for success in challenging contexts.
CVA for people on the move: Time for a new vision?
This event presented the main findings of our recently released study People are on the move: Can the world of CVA keep up? Analysis of the use of CVA in the context of human mobility in the Americas. Additionally, invited guests discussed key issues on facing the topic of human mobility and CVA and answered questions from the audience. The event included two videos’ interventions: one...
Changes to US and UN economic sanctions may simplify CVA implementation
Recent changes to the UN and US economic sanctions regimes promise to improve cash transfer process across international borders, but changes might not be as quick or comprehensive as we would hope. We put eight questions to Rory Crew, who has looked into the matter for you.
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WCAF Regional Roundtable – Locally-Led Responses and People Centred Aid
While the use of cash as part of humanitarian response has grown significantly in the last seven years, recent research shows that much more is required increase both the scale and quality of cash and voucher assistance (CVA). A new collective vision, along with renewed commitments, are essential to...
Regional Cash Working Group – WCAF
This is a Save the Date for the next Regional Cash Working Group meeting that will take place on Wednesday 6 September 2023, from 9am to 11am (GMT) face to face and online. (register here) The meeting will have simultaneous interpretation in English and French. The draft agenda for this meeting will...
Minutes and presentations from the WCAF regional CWG
Minutes and presentations from the WCAF regional CWG – 6 September 2023 Watch the recording here:
Layering Cash Into Market Systems Programs: Catalyzing Market-Driven Recovery in Nigeria
Mercy Corps has been implementing the USAID funded Feed the Future Nigeria Rural Resilience Activity (RRA), a market systems development (MSD) program, in Northeast Nigeria since 2019. In response to COVID-19, RRA layered on a short-term cash transfer activity to help households cope, jumpstart local...
“Men have the power to say everything, women don’t.” Women’s perceptions of cash and voucher assistance in Maiduguri’s outskirts
In northeast Nigeria, women and girls constitute approximately two-thirds of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) recipients. However, stark gender inequalities in the region make it difficult to hear women’s perspectives. This study aims to amplify their voices and concerns to inform decision-making...
Acting Before Disaster Strikes: The impacts of anticipatory cash transfers on climate resilience in Northeast Nigeria
IRC’s research – the first experimental evidence from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) on how anticipatory cash compares to post-shock cash transfers in a conflict-affected environment – highlights that anticipatory action is critical to meeting the short- and longer-term needs of households...
Remote targeting approaches: global lessons and applications in West and Central Africa
The Sahel region is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world, due to a combination of chronic underdevelopment, high demographic growth, high exposure to natural hazards, expanding conflicts, and climatic shocks, as well as chronic food insecurity and malnutrition. Challenging geographies,...
Onward Bound: Evaluating Cash and Voucher Assistance for Migrants on Sahel’s Migration Trail – Research and learnings from the Sahel region
This research – a collaboration between the British Red Cross and Samuel Hall – provides evidence on the opportunities and challenges to integrate cash and vouchers assistance (CVA) as a support modality in migration programming in the context of transit migration in the Sahel. While CVA has become...
Calculating transfer values in West and Central Africa: With learnings from Cameroon and Niger
You are invited to join us for a webinar exploring how we can better determine and use transfer value calculations in the region. We will share learnings from experiences in Cameroon and Niger.
Regional Cash Working Group – WCAF
This is a Save the Date for the next Regional Cash Working Group meeting that will take place on Wednesday 5 July 2023, from 9am to 11am (GMT) face to face and online. (register here) The meeting will have simultaneous interpretation in English and French. The draft agenda for this meeting will...