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Pacific cash learning event 2022: Report

December 2022 — By Sam Quinn (Humanitarian Advisory Group)

The Pacific Cash Learning Event was held during an important time for the region. The Pacific is highly vulnerable to disasters, which are becoming increasingly frequent and intense as a result of climate change. These disasters threaten health, food and water systems and economic security, while the health and economic shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to harm Pacific communities. The pandemic saw significant shifts occur across the aid sector, as international travel restrictions and border closures forced international humanitarian actors to change the ways in which their aid is delivered and make greater use of locally-led responses and remote-based cash programming. The humanitarian sector can build on the lessons learned from the pandemic to scale up and build upon existing CVA systems to more effectively mitigate the wide-ranging and intersecting risks associated with disasters, climate change and COVID-19 across the Pacific. Here are five key messages from the #PCLE2022

1. More innovation can drive stronger accountability and inclusion
2. Effective cash programming relies on local leadership
3. Strengthening partnerships and coordination is essential
4. Underinvestment in preparedness is holding us back
5. CVA can be leveraged to strengthen social protection systems