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Ethiopia Payment Mecanism Assessment Report

December 2017 — By Mercy Corps

Humanitarian organizations today are facing unprecedented challenges in addressing crises in the Middle East, Africa and across the world. The crises are both urgent and, in many cases, protracted in nature; the varying scenarios have driven the need to better understand how to select the modality of humanitarian Multipurpose cash grants (MPGs) and how and with which partners to execute such transfers and implement them at scale.
It is within this context that consortium partners the Cash Learning Partnership, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Mercy Corps, the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Save the Children, with support from the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, have undertaken to increase the uptake of multipurpose cash assistance. As a part of this effort, Mercy Corps developed draft payment mechanism assessment guidance (hereafter the Delivery Guide) for humanitarian cash transfers for global use. The Delivery Guide is intended to assist humanitarian agencies in understanding the landscape, assessing possible payment modalities, and selecting partners. This report was funded under a sub-award from Save the Children. Any views and opinions in this report are the views of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of Save the Children or the European Union.