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Cash and Voucher Assistance and Risk: Perception vs Reality Grand Bargain Cash Workstream Annual Virtual Meeting

24 July 2020

You are invited to a webinar hosted by the CALP Network and WFP under the Grand Bargain cash workstream annual virtual meeting umbrella.

Is cash assistance riskier than in-kind? All the evidence says no, but we still act as if it is.

Join us for this important conversation diving into the world of CVA and the common (mis)conception that it carries a higher risk than in-kind aid. During the Covid-19 pandemic CVA has been the modality of choice in humanitarian responses. However CVA practitioners often point to a higher compliance burden and audit requirements compared to in-kind aid. In the past year there has been some progress with initiatives by the CALP Network and others to bring together implementers, donors and policy makers for an open conversation about the impossible dilemmas in risk mitigation for CVA. Continuing this dialogue, this webinar addresses risk in CVA provision and modality-specific vs modality-agnostic risks. The panel brings a diverse range of perspectives on the issues at play,  and knowledge of relevant research and operations in high-risk environments such as Somalia, DRC and Niger.


  • Nana Amoah,Senior Development Advisor – Independent Consultant, West Africa lens
  • Nisar Majid (PHD), Research Director for Somalia Conflict Research Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Oliver May, Author and Independent Consultant specialising in risk management of fraud, bribery, corruption, conflicts of interest, nepotism, theft, terrorist diversion and sanctions breaches


Anna Kondakhchyan, the CALP Network and Suzanne Van Ballekom, WFP


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