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ELAN Vocabulary and Usage

Guidelines and Tools

As e-transfer programs, technologies and products develop, key terms, phrases and working definitions are evolving alongside them. At the moment, these words and phrases are rarely standardized, and often hold unique meanings within different contexts and to different stakeholders. In order to facilitate...

2016

Partnering with FSPs to Deliver Cash in Nepal: Top Considerations

Guidelines and Tools

Cash transfers are a proven way to help disaster-affected communities flexibly meet urgent basic needs. Several humanitarian agencies are planning cash transfers to support tens of thousands of Nepali earthquake survivors. While initial responses will likely rely on direct cash in envelopes, cash...

2016

Cash Transfers in Humanitarian Contexts

Report

Upon request of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Principals at their meeting on December 11, 2015, the World Bank agreed to coordinate a process of reviewing key issues and options for significantly scaling up the use of multipurpose cash transfers (MPCTs; including digital cash and vouchers) in...

2016

Doing Digital Finance Right: The case for stronger mitigation of customer risks

Policy paper

Low-income consumers stand to benefit greatly from more accessible and affordable digital financial services (DFS) offerings. Indeed, evidence from consumer research in 16 markets analyzed for this paper indicates that customers highly value and benefit from many basic DFS. However, many users are not...

June 2015

Financial Services Primer for Humanitarians

Guidelines and Tools

Financial services facilitate a wide range of economic and households activities in any society. They enable trade and business expansion and allow individuals to save, send and borrow money. Humanitarian cash transfers, particularly when delivered electronically,can expand access to financial services...

2015

Mobile Money Bulk Payment Products: Capturing the market opportunity of global development organizations

Presentation

International relief and development organizations (DOs) receive significant aid funding from donors, which they regularly disburse in high volume, low value payments to millions of recipients for program and operational expenses. DOs and donors are increasingly using and promoting the use of new digital...

2015

Doing Cash Differently: How cash transfers can transform humanitarian aid?

Policy paper

This report commissioned by the Overseas Development Institute highlights why giving aid directly in the form of cash is often a highly effective way to reduce suffering and to make limited humanitarian aid budgets go further. The publication, ,written by the High Level Panel on Humanitarian...

2015

Partnering for Success: E-cash use in humanitarian programming

Policy paper

In recent years, new technologies have facilitated electronic cash transfers (e-transfers) to disaster- and conflict-affected populations. Utilizing e-cash in emergency response requires close partnerships with Financial Service Providers (FSPs), often in places where electronic payments are still...

2015

Cash in Emergencies Toolkit

Guidelines and Tools

Access Toolkit Here Cash transfer based programming (CTP) is an effective and flexible way to support people affected by emergencies, maintaining their dignity and choice, while fostering local economies. CTP includes all forms of cash and voucher-based assistance. The Cash in Emergencies Toolkit has been...

2015

Challenges and the State of Play of Interoperability in Cash Transfer Programming

Guidelines and Tools

This study explores the factors driving the design of interoperability for Cash Transfer Programming. It outlines the rapidly changing environment in which digital services are emerging, the types of digital collaborations that could be enabled, and the key design challenges that confront effective...

2015

Cash Transfer Actors in Nepal – NRCS Mapping Exercise

Report

Each year Nepal faces a series of natural disasters, including floods, landslides and food insecurity, causing immense hardship and challenges to communities in the affected districts. The Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) as the auxiliary to the government is first responder to the needs of the affected...

2015

Nepal Earthquake Response: Lessons for operational agencies

Policy paper

In the aftermath of the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, this paper looks at lessons drawn from previous comparable disasters and seeks to provide invaluable information and assistance to the operational agencies responding to the crisis. Seventeen Lessons give an overview of important learnings based on...

2015

State of the Use of Mobile Technologies for Disaster Preparedness in South East Asia

Report

This report summarizes the study conducted by Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in collaboration with the Global Disaster Preparedness Center with support from the USAID-Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to better understand how new communication and information sharing technologies can enhance risk...

2015

Guide de mise en œuvre d’e-transfert

Guides et outils

Le Guide de mise en œuvre d’e-transfert a été créé pour les membres de l’équipe de Mercy Corps qui envisagent d’utiliser – ou qui utilisent déjà – les e-transferts pour apporter l’aide aux participants au programme. Les chapitres 1 et 2 donnent un aperçu des étapes nécessaires à...

2015

Seeking Solutions: New roles for technology in cash and voucher programs – An inspiration brief for technology and private sector partners

Policy paper

Today, more people have been forced to flee their homes than at the height of World War II. The scale of these humanitarian crises are challenging, and sometimes outpacing, the capacity of institutions created to respond to them. Yet, the approaches we have available to reach populations in need have also...

2015

Using Innovation And New Technologies to Improve Cash Transfer Programming (CTP)

Report

Experience and studies show that providing cash transfers to disaster-affected families empowers them to meet their diverse needs, provides a stimulus to the recovery of the local economy and is a cost effective way to deliver humanitarian assistance. The IFRC is committed to providing multi-sectoral...

2015

Cash Transfers: Progress made but challenges remain

Blog Post

In five years cash programming has come from almost nowhere to being – for some donors at least – the preferred option, especially in the field of food and nutrition. “We no long measure food aid contributions in wheat/tons equivalent,” says Julia Stewart-David of the EU aid body, ECHO. “That...

2 June 2014