Tracking Cash and Voucher Assistance
Grand Bargain signatories committed to increase the use of CVA, and to use common markers to measure these increases. Although the volume of CVA is beginning to be more effectively tracked, technical and policy challenges remain. These include:
- Defining what data to collect, and how
- Ensuring commitment to and use of data categories and systems
- Addressing shortcomings of existing reporting systems which have often not been designed to include or disaggregate cash, vouchers, and other modalities
- Reaching common agreement on standard markers and categories for reporting to avoid incomplete and inconsistent data.
CaLP is supporting the integration of cash and vouchers into key interagency reporting systems and platforms, namely OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS) and Online Project System (OPS), the International Aid Transparency Initiative’s (IATI) Data Standard, and 3W (Who does What, Where) reporting.
In 2017 CaLP established a Tracking Cash and Vouchers Working Group (previously called Measuring CTP Working Group). This is co-led with DG ECHO, and contributes towards the Grand Bargain cash workstream. The group is a specialized platform for sector-wide discussion and collective action for CVA tracking and reporting. Membership includes NGOs, UN agencies, donors, and representatives of the interagency reporting systems.
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