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Operational Guidelines for Cash-Based Interventions in Displacement Settings

4 February 2015 — By UNHCR

These operational guidelines support UNHCR and partner staff to determine if and when cash-based interventions (CBIs) are appropriate to meet the needs of refugees and other persons of concern and aids the design and implementation of effective programmes. It focuses on the needs of refugees, but can equally be used to design programmes for other persons of concern.

The full text of these guidelines is intended for multi-functional teams (management, programme, protection, admin, finance, HR, ICT, supply, etc.) in field operations, which are responsible for determining if and when cash-based interventions are appropriate to meet UNHCR objectives and ensure the effective design, implementation and monitoring of CBIs. The guidelines focus on technical aspects of the decision-making process, the design and the implementation of cash-based interventions, be they sector-specific or multipurpose cash transfer or voucher programmes. It is applicable to camp and out of camp settings, including rural and urban environments.