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Cash Emergency Preparedness (CEP) Pilots

CEP guidelines and key findings from pilot assessments.

April 2012 — By Save the Children

This document presents Save the Children’s guidelines for Cash Emergency Preparedness (CEP) assessments, and Save the Children’s experience of conducting 4 pilot CEP assessments during the course of 2011. It also addresses the benefits of coordination between agencies for enhanced preparedness, and suggests ways in which the CEP process can be modified to meet country-specific contexts.

The objective of CEP is to produce a systematic risk assessment of the feasibility and viability of Cash Transfer Programmes at country programme level, to strengthen wider Emergency Preparedness Planning and provide country programmes with context-specific recommendations and guidance for the implementation of CTPs. The projected outcomes of CEP are that:

  • Country programmes are in a position to design and operate a timely and accountable Cash Transfer Programme which can be rapidly scaled-up in the event of an emergency
  • At national-level: Key country programme staff have the training, skills and tools to assess the appropriateness of CTP to meet emergency needs, and ensure rapid operational scaleup if appropriate
  • At field level: Field offices are provided with a detailed analysis of market feasibility and trends and delivery mechanism options, and specific CTP-related capacity building guidance. The team are in a position to rapidly review this CEP plan should an emergency arise, and rapidly implement CTP if appropriate.