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CASH ON THE MOVE – Adapting Multi-Purpose Cash ‘Plus’ Assistance to support people on the move in Peru

8 January 2021 — By Julia Grasset, Qundeel Khattak, SCI Peru

In 2019 and 2020, with the support of USAID´s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (formerly FFP and OFDA), Save the Children implemented
a multi-purpose cash ‘Plus’ program in response to the influx of Venezuelan migrants into Peru.

Households that were only transiting through the cities where they were identified were provided with a one-off cash transfer assistance aiming
at covering their lodging, food, hygiene and transportation costs. Those that were planning to settle were provided with three months of
unconditional cash assistance, aiming at covering their food, WASH and transportation needs as well as enabling them to start renting a flat and
purchasing basic sleeping and cooking furniture.

MPCA assistance was complemented by Nutrition and Child Protection activities focusing on IYCF and provision of itinerant child friendly spaces
to help children building self-help strategies to mitigate distress and strengthen resilience.

In March 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was declared in Peru and followed by months of quarantine, further exacerbating the vulnerability
of Venezuelans, and requiring some significant programmatic changes to the MPCA.

This case study documents key programmatic and operational models put in place by Save the Children Peru to adapt its MPCA ‘Plus’ program
to the needs of Venezuelans on the move, settling in Peru and affected by COVID-19. It also provides lessons learnt and recommendations that can
be applied to the Venezuela response and other large-scale migration responses across the globe.

This case study is available in English and Spanish