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The State of the World’s Cash 2020

The State of the World’s Cash 2020 provides a comprehensive snapshot of cash and voucher assistance (CVA), with significant recommendations for anyone interested in humanitarian action. This report follows on from the first report, a seminal piece, published in 2018. Since then CVA has continued to grow and is now a major part of almost every humanitarian response.  The total amount of CVA has doubled since 2016, from $2.8 Bn to $5.6Bn in 2019 and it is an increasingly important tool in the humanitarian toolbox. CVA continues to save lives and livelihoods, and to challenge humanitarian actors to think differently and deliver better. But barriers to greater effectiveness and accountability remain.

Chapter summaries

As outlined in the Executive Summary, we have seen four key shifts since the first report, all of which have been accelerated and influenced by the COVID-19 crisis. These are the rise and rise of CVA, CVA challenging a sector-based system, an increased emphasis on recipient perspectives and CVA driving a more local, more diverse humanitarian system, including stronger links with governments. You can find an overview and links below to each of the 10 thematic chapters: