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Ongoing research

The State of Humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance in the Americas 2018-2023

Anticipated end date: 25 September 2024

Contact: Holly Welcome Radice


CALP seeks to review the state of humanitarian CVA in the Americas from 2018-2023. The review process will include an interactive online event where CALP’s network can contribute to the final report, particularly looking at the way forward in the humanitarian community.



The main research question is: What progress has been made with humanitarian CVA in the Americas region from 2018-2023?

Specific questions

  • What factors drive or enable the use of humanitarian CVA in the region (e.g., needs, preferences of recipients, types of people being targeted, expected outcomes, modalities available, access to financial service providers, type of organizations implementing etc.)?Are there significant gaps in the programming based on the available literature?
  • To what extent was humanitarian CVA visible in humanitarian response in the region during the period (i.e., CVA and non-CVA specific literature, humanitarian appeals, donor materials)?
  • To what extent does the evidence point to the responses with CVA being people-centred?
  • How has the locally-led response been reflected in the responses using CVA?
  • What innovations are coming out of the Americas related to ways of working?
  • What are the key learnings and promising practices in the Americas with humanitarian CVA?
  • Where is the Americas going with humanitarian CVA? What are the opportunities to scale the use of humanitarian CVA?
  • What are the main challenges and opportunities that regional actors could face with humanitarian CVA in the next five years?

This work will be made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of CALP and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.