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Dominican Republic Case Study

Using Humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance Within Existing Social Protection Programs to Respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic

3 March 2022 — By Madison Chapman- Independent consultant (lead), Roberto Martinez independent consultant (research design and data collection); Darren Hedley- Independent consultant (support); Maria Nagel- Independent consultant (support), Julie Lawson McDowall, Holly Welcome Radice

This case study details the collaboration between the Dominican Republic (DR)—a country with relatively limited use of humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) for disaster preparedness in Social Protection (SP)—and actors such as the United Nations (UN) in a pilot program that integrated humanitarian CVA within its SP response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also demonstrates how governments can learn from challenges to deepen preparedness for future emergency assistance in the context of repeated climate and social shocks.