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The Unblocked Cash Experience in Vanuatu

2021 — By Nicola Barnes

This report provides details of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Council’s (VBRC) role and approach to supporting the businesses in the Oxfam UnBlocked Cash humanitarian programme in 2020-2021 in Vanuatu.

While this report documents the learnings using blockchain technology, by sharing the key details from this programme, VBRC aims to encourage more appropriate inclusion of commercial businesses in humanitarian responses as well as support the appropriate use of similar digital cash transfer programmes in humanitarian response more broadly.

One of the key benefits of the approach taken in this programme, is that by including commercial businesses in the response, VBRC has supported the recovery of communities and small businesses within them concurrently, strengthened value chains and offered more sustainable long-term solutions. Ultimately this builds resilience more broadly across the economy and community.

 

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