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  1. Themes

Risk

To ensure cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is routinely considered by humanitarian actors when designing an intervention, we must address the perceptions and myths that it is a riskier form of response than others.

CaLP’s State of the World’s Cash report found that the perception that CVA is riskier than other forms of aid was one of the main barriers to CVA being routinely used. This concern is linked to the growing emphasis from donors on anti-terrorism and money laundering, and shrinking budgets for humanitarian assistance. CaLP’s work under this theme aims to debunk myths, facilitate collaboration, and share learning to ensure that CVA is systematically and equally considered, based on evidence of actual risks across modalities.

Current priorities

A variety of organisations are currently working on CVA and risk. CaLP is working to identify synergies among actors, avoid duplication, and define joint priorities that can be better addressed collectively. Together with WFP, CaLP is co-leading the risk priority within the Grand Bargain workstream on cash.

Latest

Sudan – Gedaref Joint Cash Risk assessment

Report

Since the crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia in November 2020 over 60,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring Sudan and were mostly accommodated in camps re-established in Gedaref State. Cash is has been utilised as a response modality and is being considered further by several agencies. This...

17 February 2021

2020 Cash and Voucher Programming (CVP): Roadmap and milestone achieved

Report

In 2020, World Vision has implemented cash and voucher programming like never before – not least due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related social protection transfer scale-ups. From 2019 to 2020, we have seen a 28 % increase of our cash, voucher based programming, moving towards enabling affected...

22 January 2021

Towards shock-responsive social protection: lessons from the COVID-19 response in Bangladesh

Report

The COVID-19 crisis is likely to have a staggering impact on poverty in Bangladesh. This report documents the social protection responses by the Government of Bangladesh to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable populations. Analysing factors that enabled and constrained the effectiveness of...

20 January 2021

Pinning Down Moving Targets: Research Note Medium-term priorities for cash assistance in Lebanon

Report

Whilst most humanitarian responses across the globe have had to navigate the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, in Lebanon the challenges related to COVID-19 emerged on top of an unprecedented protest movement, political instability, a rapid deterioration of the economy and the increasingly protracted...

4 January 2021

“Pinning down moving targets”: Adapting humanitarian cash programmes to the multi-pronged crises in Lebanon

Report

Whilst most humanitarian responses across the globe have had to navigate the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, in Lebanon the challenges related to COVID-19 emerged on top of an unprecedented protest movement, political instability, a rapid deterioration of the economy and the increasingly protracted...

31 December 2020

Establishing a Cash Working Group and GBV Sub-Cluster task force: NW Syria Case Study

Report

The case study was created with the inputs of two Cash Working Group leads and the GBV Turkey cross-border Sub-Cluster leads in the Northwest Syria response. The case study demonstrates an example of meaningful linking of gender-based violence response and cash and voucher assistance. As Cash and Voucher...

16 December 2020

UNHCR Cash Assistance and COVID-19: Main Findings from Post-Distribution Monitoring

Report

UNHCR is pleased to share the report UNHCR Cash Assistance and COVID – 19: Main Findings from Post-Distribution Monitoring (PDM), which provides a summary and analysis of UNHCR’s monitoring data from 13 countries during the pandemic along with detailed examples from country operations including on...

5 October 2020

CVA: Your Role as a GBV Coordinator (UNFPA / GBV AoR)

Guidelines and Tools

UNFPA’s Humanitarian Office and the GBV Area of Responsibility have developed this guidance on “CVA – Your Role as a GBV Coordinator,” for GBV coordination group leads and partners in humanitarian settings. Its purpose is to outline the practical ways in which GBV Coordinators should support GBV-...

14 September 2020

The Provision of Cash and Voucher Assistance in the Response to the Venezuela Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Findings and lessons learned – Main report

Report

This study, for which data was compiled between March and April 2020, seeks to document lessons and good practices in the delivery of CVA in Ecuador and Colombia by humanitarian organisations and governments, in response to migrants and refugees from Venezuela. The purpose of this analysis is...

4 September 2020

Cash and Voucher Assistance and Risk: Perception vs Reality Grand Bargain Cash Workstream Annual Virtual Meeting

Webinar

You are invited to a webinar hosted by CaLP and WFP under the Grand Bargain cash workstream annual virtual meeting umbrella. Is cash assistance riskier than in-kind? All the evidence says no, but we still act as if it is. Join us for this important conversation diving into the world of CVA and the common...

24 July 2020 / English