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Cash-based transfers. Analytical Paper on WHS Self-Reporting on the Agenda for Humanity

2017 — By Jordan Ramacciato

Forty-three stakeholders reported on World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) commitments related to cash-based transfers (CBT). Self-reports indicate that cash is increasingly a preferred option, when appropriate, taking into account context and feasibility considerations. Cash programming is being streamlined through inclusion in organizational strategies and the retooling of internal reporting processes. Stakeholders are increasing investments to build awareness and capacity to implement cash programming, both internally and for national partners.

The impact of CBT can be augmented through the harnessing of improved technology, public-private partnerships and supporting countries to establish or enhance shock responsive, cash-based social safety nets. While setting a collective cash target might not be appropriate, efforts to promote innovation, national ownership and build an evidence base may provide greater impetus to bring cash to scale.