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State of the World’s Cash 2020: Introduction and methodology

Since the first State of the World’s Cash Report was published in February 2018, the use of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) has grown and diversified within a rapidly shifting humanitarian landscape. This new report examines progress, changes, and challenges over the last two years.


a neutral and critical analysis of the current state of CVA globally, including the extent to which it is contributing to quality in humanitarian programming and outcomes for people in need

an assessment of progress against the benchmark data collected for the 2018 report, identifying notable changes, challenges and gaps which may affect further progress

practical actions which can be applied – individually, organizationally and collectively – by stakeholders to support further progress and address gaps and challenges

an analysis of the emerging implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Primary Research

80 key informant interviews
15 regional workshops and country-level consultations
254 respondents to the practitioner survey in 3 languages
34 organisations completed the organisational survey
24 organisations completed the CVA volume survey

Secondary Research

Review of key documentation published since 2018


Analysis of recipient perception data, provided by Ground Truth Solutions

Analysis of CVA volume data from the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), provided by Development Initiatives