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Scaling the use of CVA

The growth of humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is regarded as one of the few drivers of change within the humanitarian system. Humanitarian stakeholders committed to ensuring the routine use of cash under the 2016 Grand Bargain framework.

Despite sustained increases in the use of CVA since then, there is still room for significantly more growth. For the humanitarian system to be more fit for purpose, stakeholders must unlock the remaining barriers to maximising the use of CVA as an effective and appropriate tools to respond to the needs of people living in contexts of crisis.

Anticipated end date: 31 August 2022

Contact: Lynn Yoshikawa

If CVA were the default modality where feasible and appropriate, it would account for 37 – 42% of all humanitarian assistance, according to a 2016 study by GPPi. This is about double the current use of CVA. CALP is commissioning renewed and in-depth analysis into where and how these shifts can be made to inform collective action.