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Iraq Cash Working Group (CWG) Partner Projects Registry

Guidelines and Tools

Spreadsheet template to track all the partner projects of a Cash Working Group

2020

Humanitarian Assistance and Social Safety Nets in Protracted Crises: A Case Study of Iraq

Report

This case study aims to contextualize cash assistance in a protracted humanitarian crisis like Iraq and how it can be used to transition to social protection in the long run. Humanitarian aid in the country is likely to
continue to meet the needs of the most vulnerable population, especially those who...

January 2020

Mitigating Risks of Abuse of Power in Cash Assistance – 4 pages

Report

UNHCR and WFP are implementing a joint project to identify and mitigate risks of abuse by private sector service providers in their delivery of cash assistance to vulnerable populations. The project involves work with financial service providers, traders and other private sector stakeholders, as well as...

November 2019

Mitigating Risks of Abuse of Power in Cash Assistance in Iraq

Report

This document outlines lessons learned from a joint UNHCR/WFP project in Iraq aimed at identifying and mitigating the risks of abuse of power in cash assistance. The cash transfer mechanisms reviewed during the
project include mobile money, e-vouchers and cash delivered through money transfer agents.

January 2019

Risk Assessment and Mitigation Requirements for High-Risk Environments

Guidelines and Tools

This document is an annex to the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) Proposal Guidelines that provides supplemental requirements for proposals for programs in high-risk operating environments. USAID/OFDA recognizes that certain operating environments present a heightened risk of...

May 2018

Cash Consortium of Iraq (CCI)

Report

The Cash Consortium Iraq (CCI) was selected as a case study to illustrate a consortium model of inter-agency collaboration for multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA), with a formal relationship between partners and a shared funding stream, both bilaterally to member agencies and through the lead agency. It...

April 2017

Challenging the System: Humanitarian Cash Transfers in Iraq

Report

Cash transfers have been used in Iraq to meet the critical basic needs of a highly vulnerable population, providing them dignity and flexibility in a context of uncertainty and economic need. Although Iraq is an appropriate context for the use of cash transfers, factors including government acceptance,...

2017

Cash Transfer Programming: Lessons from northern Iraq

Report

In situations of conflict, disaster and protracted crisis, displaced persons not only face physical threats but are also  confronted with the challenge of economic survival. High levels of general unemployment or legal barriers to labour market entry often restrict access to jobs and income, and...

2017

Cash Transfers: An Effective Tool for International Development and Humanitarian Aid

Report

In the last 20 years direct payments to recipients have emerged as an effective way to deliver aid to vulnerable people. Evidence from 200 studies shows that direct cash transfers (CTs) have a strong impact on poverty reduction, and that they are particularly efficient in emergency situations. This...

11 July 2016

ELAN Workshop Report: E-Transfers in Iraq and Syria

Report

This report outlines the main conclusions and takeways of ELAN workshop held in Iraq. The event was organized to meet the following objectives: Introduce participants to the what, why, and when of e-transfers. Explore solutions to the particular challenges of using e-transfers in Iraq and Syria. Share...

2016

Pre-Crisis Market Analysis: Credit, Drinking Water and Wheat Flour Market Systems

Report

Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was captured by ISIS in June 2014 and remains under their control. The Iraqi army has vowed to recapture Mosul and the speculation is that a counter-offensive is imminent – a military operation which could have dramatic humanitarian implications. A large influx of...

2016

What to know: working with humanitarians on e-cash programs

Report

International humanitarian assistance rose to a record US$24.5 billion in 2014. The 2015 Global Humanitarian Assistance Report indicated that over US$200 million of this was used in cash and voucher programs. An increasing number of humanitarian actors have begun to deliver cash electronically, through...

2016

Operationalizing Emergency MPCA: Learning from the Ramadi displacement, May to July 2015

Report

Iraq is an upper middle-income country with high literacy rates, sound infrastructure, functioning markets, and a comprehensive hawala network that covers all 18 governorates, making it a potentially appropriate context for cash transfer programs. Despite this apparent enabling environment, cash transfers...

2015

Manuel de Bonnes Pratiques: Prevenir la Corruption dans le Cadre des Operations Humanitaires

Rapport

Transparency International (TI) soutient depuis longtemps que l’impact le plus nocif de la corruption se trouve dans le détournement des ressources de base destinées aux pauvres. La corruption dans le cadre de l’aide humanitaire en est la forme la plus manifeste car elle prive les pauvres les plus...

2014

Disaster Response: Mobile Money for the Displaced

Report

Advances in mobile technology have opened up new opportunities, not only for communication, but also for using the mobile handset as a platform for a range of applications. The introduction of data transfer facilities and the rise of mobile financial services around the world have allowed mobile money...

2014

ATM cash assistance: Does it work?

Report

This 2-page article describes UNHCR’s cash assistance to almost 5,000 vulnerable Iraqi refugee families in Jordan.  It looks at the key questions asked in UNHCR about implementing cash-based assistance, and highlights findings about cost-effectiveness and beneficiary well-being.

2011

Strategies for Development in Conflict Affected Countries in the ESCWA Region: The role of the state and private sector

Report

This study on private sector resilience in conflict-affected countries in the ESCWA region is part of a series of publications, which examines mechanisms and policies for development in spite of conflict. The studies include policy recommendations that are aimed at enhancing the capacity of policymakers...

2009