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Learning from cash responses to the tsunami: Issue Paper 2: Disbursement mechanisms

September 2006 — By Lesley Adams, Paul Harvey

This is the second of six issue papers which form part of a project to document learning around cash-based responses to the Indian Ocean tsunami. The project was funded by the British Red Cross, Save the Children UK, Oxfam GB, Mercy Corps and Concern Worldwide.

This 5-page Issue Paper examines the disbursement options available to agencies making cash payments. It discusses key issues such as: accessibility, risk, speed, and cost-efficiency, and gives examples from the Tsunami response. It also provides some advantages and disadvantages of using direct delivery versus delivering money through a financial institution.

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