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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.

Latest

Mitigating Risks of Abuse of Power in Cash Assistance in Iraq

Report

This document outlines lessons learned from a joint UNHCR/WFP project in Iraq aimed at identifying and mitigating the risks of abuse of power in cash assistance. The cash transfer mechanisms reviewed during the
project include mobile money, e-vouchers and cash delivered through money transfer agents.

January 2019

Harmonising registrations and identification in emergencies in Somalia – Briefing

Report

This briefing highlights the benefits, risks and challenges associated with establishing an integrated data system for cash transfer programming (CTP), based on the findings of a study that examined how different humanitarian agencies in Somalia are managing the collection, analysis and sharing of...

2019

Safer Cash Toolkit (English)

Guidelines and Tools

The Safer Cash Toolkit, funded by USAID, is designed to capture the minimum amount of protection-related information in emergency settings to ensure that organizations can make informed decisions on how to design, implement and adjust CVA programs at the field level to prevent and minimize harm. The Safer...

2019

Mitigating Risks of Abuse of Power in Cash Assistance – Workshop Nairobi, Kenya

Report

UNHCR and WFP are implementing a joint project to identify and mitigate risks of abuse of power by private sector service providers in the delivery
of cash assistance to vulnerable populations. The workshop, held in Nairobi on 10-11 December 2018, followed visits to the first two pilot countries,...

December 2018

Mitigating Risks of Abuse of Power in Cash Assistance in Cameroon

Report

This document outlines lessons learned from a joint UNHCR/WFP project in Cameroon with the aim to, with Financial Service Providers (FSPs), identify and mitigate the risks of abuse of power in cash assistance, including through mobile money, e-vouchers and cash in hand.

December 2018

Cash Week 2018: Looking around and looking ahead

Blog Post

Cash Week 2018 aimed to do two things: challenge us all to think differently about our work and to carve out a space to do so. In this blog, the CALP Network's Sophie Tholstrup reflects on the key debates from the week, and asks how we can build on this momentum and identify new ways of working to meet...

26 November 2018

Mitigating Risks Of Abuse Of Power In Cash Assistance In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

Report

This document outlines lessons learned from a joint UNHCR/WFP project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the aim to, with Financial Service Providers (FSPs), identify and mitigate the risks of abuse of power in cash assistance, including through cash in hand, pre-paid cards and mobile money.

November 2018

Temporary suspension of the implementation of humanitarian Cash Based Interventions (CBA) in Gedeo and West Guji zones and Mitigation Measures

Report

Temporary suspension of the implementation of humanitarian CBIs to IDPs in West Guji settlement sites by NDRMC-led Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Bule Hora and shared through the Bule Hora coordination forums during the week of August 27, 2018. The suspension was subsequently extended to Gedeo zone,...

September 2018

Need and greed: corruption risks, perceptions and prevention in humanitarian assistance

Report

Emergency environments present unique corruption risks for agencies operating within them. Relief is delivered amidst weak or absent rule of law, endemic corruption and immense need. The capacities of governments and humanitarian agencies to assist affected people are stretched to the limit, and agencies...

September 2018

The Grand Bargain Cash Meetings: what did we learn, how are we doing, where next?

Blog Post

After cash focal points from Grand Bargain signatory organisations gathered in Rome for the second annual meeting of the Grand Bargain cash workstream, we ask how much progress has been made towards commitments, and what remains to be done.

19 June 2018

Risk Assessment and Mitigation Requirements for High-Risk Environments

Guidelines and Tools

This document is an annex to the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) Proposal Guidelines that provides supplemental requirements for proposals for programs in high-risk operating environments. USAID/OFDA recognizes that certain operating environments present a heightened risk of...

May 2018

The Signal Code: Ethical obligations for humanitarian information activities

Guidelines and Tools

Humanitarians today lack sufficient ethical guidance adapted to the realities of humanitarianism in the information age to responsibly navigate the challenges and realities of the digital age. The Signal Code: Ethical Obligations for Humanitarian Information Activities translates and applies the...

May 2018

Outcome Analysis: Cash transfer programming response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Report

The United States Agency for International Development/Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) supported Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia greatly contributed to the recovery of affected communities and households. The CTP response provided a safety net to...

April 2018

Market-based Food Assistance in Guatemala: A Systematization of Experiences

Guidelines and Tools

In April 2017, at the request of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) in Guatemala, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Project Concern International (PCI) designed a process to gather and synthesize the experiences of food assistance...

2018

Lessons Learnt from the Ebola Crisis in West Africa: a focus on Cash Transfer Programming

Report

Beyond opportunities for CTP to support communities’ economic recovery, restore livelihoods and address food insecurity generated by epidemics, what are CTP applications that can facilitate / strengthen / speed up response to epidemics? Those recommendations have been put together by the CALP Network...

2018

Implementation Toolkit: Cash and Voucher Programming

Guidelines and Tools

This set of tools developed by PCI seeks to harmonize language and approaches for use by teams involved in the design and implementation of cash transfer programs and is not intended to be a complete guide for design and implementation. The tool box focuses on the crucial steps within the program cycle of...

2018