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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.

The CALP Network’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. The CALP Network’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. The CALP Network is working to identify synergies among actors, avoid duplication, and define joint priorities that can be better addressed collectively. Together with WFP, the CALP Network is co-leading the risk priority within the Grand Bargain workstream on cash.

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Ready or not? Emergency cash transfers at scale

Report

Whilst there is significant experience of implementing cash transfer programmes (CTP) in emergencies this has seldom been at a scale comparable to in-kind responses. A number of critical gaps and blockages standing in the way of scaled up programming in the wake of a disaster have been identified...

2011

Direct Cash – A Quick Delivery Guide

Guidelines and Tools

A Quick Delivery Guide to delivering money directly (‘direct cash’ or ‘cash in envelopes’).  Prepared as a practical tool, this guide provides a brief synthesis of the necessary preconditions and advantages and disadvantages of using direct cash.  It also provides practical implementation tips.

2011

Richer but Resented: What do cash transfers do to social relations and does it matter?

Report

This paper looks at how social protection cash transfers are evaluated primarily in terms of poverty reduction or human capital, with their impact on social relations being under-examined. The authors examine case studies from Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and argue that the impact of cash transfers on...

2011

Vouchers – A Quick Delivery Guide

Guidelines and Tools

A Quick Delivery Guide to using vouchers to implement a market-based emergency response.  Prepared as a practical tool, this guide provides a brief synthesis of the necessary preconditions and advantages and disadvantages of using vouchers. It also provides practical implementation tips.

2011

Making the Case For Cash: A field guide to advocacy for cash transfer programming

Guidelines and Tools

Because cash transfer programming (CTP) is still a relatively new way of delivering aid, practitioners may often find that they need to be able to make the case for using CTP as well as address fears across different audiences. This guide aims to support field-level advocacy for cash transfer programming....

2011

Evaluation of Concern’s Post Election Violence Recovery (PEVR) Programme

Report

Concern’s Post Election Violence Recovery (PEVR) Programme was a cash transfer programme operating in areas of Kenya (Nairobi, Nyanza, and the Rift Valley) affected particularly badly by the violence that followed the announcement of the national election results in late 2007. Building on several other...

2010

Final evaluation of Livelihood Projects in the Post tsunami Recovery Operation in Sri Lanka

Report

Spanish Red Cross has wide experience in livelihoods programming mainly in South America and South Africa over the last twenty years.  However the projects that were developed in response to the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami were the first time that the SRC used cash grants as a modality for its...

2010