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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

Mitigating Risks of Abuse of Power in Cash Assistance in Afghanistan

Report

This document outlines lessons learned from a joint UNHCR-WFP project in Afghanistan aimed at identifying and mitigating the risks of abuse of power in cash assistance. The cash transfer mechanisms discussed during the mission were cash distribution through Hawalas, mobile token, mobile e-vouchers and...

July 2019

Data Responsibility: Let’s not wait for another wake up call

Blog Post

This blog is the second in a series on cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and risk. While the first blog busted some myths around misappropriation and fraud in CVA, this second blog looks into a specific risk for recipients of CVA: the risk of misuse of personal data.

8 May 2019

Cash is no Riskier than Other Forms of Aid. So Why Do We Still Treat In-kind like the Safer Option?

Blog Post

The first in a new series of blogs on cash and voucher assistance and risk, this article from CaLP’s Stefan Bumbacher debunks some common myths around the risk of misappropriation and fraud in CVA.

13 March 2019

The UN Common Cash Platform: What does it mean and how is the IRC responding?

Blog Post

Together our members and partners have strengthened the evidence base and advanced the debate around gender and cash and voucher assistance. Looking ahead, how can we ensure we turn talk into action to deliver quality CVA for everyone?

5 March 2019

Mitigating Risks of Abuse of Power in Cash Assistance in Rwanda

Report

This document outlines lessons learned from a joint UNHCR-WFP project in Rwanda aimed at identifying and mitigating the risks of imbalance of power in cash assistance. The cash transfer mechanism reviewed during the project was a bank card, proposed to the overwhelming majority of refugees receiving cash...

March 2019

Reflections and recommendations from evaluations of the 2017 CVA Somalia Drought Response

Report

Improving our response to drought to avert crises through the use of cash and voucher assistance requires us to build on experience. This paper pulls together reflections and recommendations from a review of eight evaluation reports, reviews and studies that were conducted during or after the 2017 drought...

2019

6 Key Points to Address: Using Learning to Strengthen Cash and Voucher Assistance in the 2019 Drought Response in Somalia

Report

A summary of learning from Evaluation reports from the 2017 Somalia drought response.

2019

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Somalia Drought Response: Cash and Voucher Assistance

Report

This report summarizes the discussions that took place during a one-day learning event on 11th June 2019. The event brought together 27 people from national and international NGOs, the UN, and donors to discuss progress, reflect on cash and voucher (CVA) assistance in Somalia and identify priorities for...

2019

Unblocked Cash Pilot Full Report

Report

This full report details the project scope, impact and learnings from the Unblocked Cash pilot in Vanuatu. The project was delivered in partnership with Oxfam Australia and ConsenSys, with funds from the Australian Government, and utilised a stablecoin, Dai, as the underlying value .

2019

Cash for Latrines

Guidelines and Tools

This document provides guidance on how to use cash for latrines in camp settings. It highlights key lessons from different contexts and captures both cash specific recommendations and general guidance on latrine construction in one document.

2019