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Cash Transfers in Remote Emergency Programming

August 2016 — By Norwegian Refugee Council

In emergencies with significant access challenges for humanitarian actors, the use of Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) has great potential to help provide life-saving support to the most vulnerable people. CTP may not require a heavy and consistent staff presence, is not subject to the same logistical barriers as in-kind assistance, and can often continue during peaks of disruption and displacement. However, as with in-kind programming, the risks linked to cash modalities are heightened when handled remotely.

These guidelines are an expression of existing CTP guidelines adapted to remote programming principles. They are intended to be used by humanitarian agencies to design effective projects using CTP in remote programming contexts where agencies’ ability to programme according to normal best practice are severely constrained.

This document does not provide detailed steps for implementing a project, which will be unique to each context and defined by the processes in Section 1: Planning. Nor does it incorporate donor guidelines, although the principles expressed should support the necessary conversations between agencies and donors.

The primary audience are Project Managers and support sections in NGOs who are considering implementing remote emergency projects incorporating CTP, whether through remote staff or partners. Remote staff and partners’ perspectives on remote CTP must be captured as the guidance is contextualised.

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