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Rapid Reflection on the Scale up of Cash Coordination- Türkiye/ Syria Earthquakes

This rapid reflection piece looks at how cash coordination structures scaled up at the onset of the Türkiye/ Syria Earthquakes in February 2023. The short reports look at implications and good practices implemented by cash working groups in Türkiye, North West Syria, and Government-controlled areas of Syria; where they can also be relevant learning for other crises.

20 November 2023 — By CALP Network

The February 2023 earthquakes on the Türkiye–Syria border killed over 50,000 people and injured more than 100,000, further exacerbating vulnerabilities and increasing humanitarian needs in an area already affected by a 12-year-long conflict and refugee crisis. The magnitude of the disaster and the significant use of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) to respond to the needs emphasized the importance of quality cash coordination. Using the Global Cash Advisory Group (CAG) key performance indicators for cash coordination as a guide, Key Aid Consulting, steered by CALP, produced three short papers. These reflect on the extent to which cash coordination was: (1) timely and effective, and (2) inclusive, transparent and accountable in (i) Türkiye, (ii) Northwest Syria, and (iii) Government-controlled areas (GCAs) of Syria. The papers draw from a total of 20 semi-structured key informant interviews, desk review of available literature and three round tables organized in August 2023 with key cash stakeholders.

 

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