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What to know: working with humanitarians on e-cash programs
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...
Operationalizing Emergency MPCA: Learning from the Ramadi displacement, May to July 2015
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...
Disaster Response: Mobile Money for the Displaced
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...
Manuel de Bonnes Pratiques: Prevenir la Corruption dans le Cadre des Operations Humanitaires
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...
ATM cash assistance: Does it work?
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.
Strategies for Development in Conflict Affected Countries in the ESCWA Region: The role of the state and private sector
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...