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Cash transfers in emergencies: A synthesis of World Vision’s experience and learning

September 2008 — By Sarah Bailey, Kevin Savage, Sorcha O’Callaghan

This HPG study report, commissioned by World Vision, looks at the shifting view towards cash programming by the humanitarian community, and focuses on the specific challenges and needs which World Vision would have to address when considering the use of cash in emergencies. A general background of cash programming is given, including appropriateness in different contexts, along with various tools that have been developed over the past decade, which can be used when considering the use of cash.

A number of experiences by agencies across the world and across sectors are discussed as are their concerns and challenges. There is also an overview of donor approaches to cash transfers in emergencies with some of the implications for World Vision field support offices and finally a review of the World Vision response system and the implications of this study for World Vision overall programming.