This document is largely based on the experience gained by GOAL’s team in its response to the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan and aims to discuss:
1. Options for transferring resource to a community in an emergency situation.
2. The appropriateness of the different methods of resource transfer to different
3. Expanding the initial assessment of an emergency to allow consideration of cash
or voucher transfers.
4. The issues surrounding the implementation of a vouchers scheme.
While traditionally international agencies have responded to emergencies by distributing in-kind commodities, other options for transferring resources to beneficiaries are available, and depending on the situation and objectives of the programme may be more appropriate.