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Humanitarian Cash + Social Protection = Better Preparedness

How does humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) add value and strengthen social protection systems and how may these linkages be built into improved disaster preparedness in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region? This study analyzes programs from 2016 onwards to understand the benefits, challenges and opportunities in linking the work of social protection and CVA practitioners and improving preparedness. Two case studies that made up part of this research provide further context on the topic of preparedness in CVA-linked social protection (Bono Únicoin Honduras andInclusión Población Infantil in the Dominican Republic).

The Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region is particularly vulnerable to a range of disasters related to both sudden and recurrent climate shocks. Between 2000-2019, 1,200 disasters occurred which affected 152 million people, making it the second most disaster-prone region globally.

National governments throughout the region have long successfully used Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) as part of their Social Protection programs. However, there is limited documented learning around best practices on humanitarian CVA for preparedness within Social Protection programs in the region.



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This study is 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 the Women’s Refugee Commission and CARE and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.