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Doing Cash Differently: How cash transfers can transform humanitarian aid?

2015 — By Overseas Development Institute

This report commissioned by the Overseas Development Institute highlights why giving aid directly in the form of cash is often a highly effective way to reduce suffering and to make limited humanitarian aid budgets go further.

The publication, ,written by the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers, identifies 12 crucial steps to scaling up cash transfer programmes, including capitalising on digital technology and private sector expertise and opening up programmes to greater competition. It also outlines  how making cash central to emergency response planning is also an opportunity for broader reform of the humanitarian system. It charts the next steps for donors, governments and humanitarian agencies to make these changes a reality.