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Response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

December 2013 — By Dr Edwina Thompson

When used appropriately, cash-based interventions can have
multiplier effects in helping to meet peoples’ needs in food,
shelter, non-food items, health, nutrition and education, protecting
or rebuilding livelihoods, facilitating the return and reintegration of
displaced people, and stimulating the rehabilitation of markets.
Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) has been used in the
Philippines since 2008 and is featuring strongly in the current
humanitarian response as a way to aid the recovery of markets
while also reinforcing choice, dignity and accountability for the
affected people. What sets this response apart from others is the
potential scale of cash transfers and geographical variation in the
appropriateness and timeliness of CTP.