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Coordination

All forms of humanitarian assistance need to be coordinated to make the best use of resources and avoid duplicating efforts. But with multipurpose cash disrupting traditional divisions of responsibility in the humanitarian sector, disagreements remain around how cash and voucher assistance (CVA) should be coordinated.

Strong coordination can prevent gaps and overlaps in humanitarian responses and ensure CVA complements other types of assistance. But CaLP’s State of the World’s Cash report found that cash coordination is seen as weak and ad hoc, and that this is having serious operational impact.

Donors, NGOs and Cash Working Group leads have called for clarity on three key issues surrounding cash coordination:

  • Who should be accountable for ensuring effective cash coordination,
  • What the function and mandate of Cash Working Groups should be, including in relation to multipurpose cash,
  • How the coordination of cash should be resourced.

We urgently need to build on what works and provide clarity at the global level on the questions above, whilst adapting to different contexts. Clear decisions based on operational needs rather than agency politics are long overdue.

Current priorities

CaLP aims to contribute to progress on this issue on three levels: supporting Cash Working Groups at the regional level; contributing to practical solutions for cash coordination at the global level; and convening evidence-based discussion on the key issues, highlighting critical decision points and opportunities for progress.

Latest

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Linking humanitarian Cash and Social Protection in practise

Report

This paper seeks to demonstrate practical ways in which NGOs are linking their humanitarian work to social protection and the added importance of this in the context of COVID-19, following from the earlier work of CCD outlining the role of NGOs to
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27 July 2020

Kenya Cash Working Group Achievements | JULY 2020

Report

The Kenya Cash Working Group’s (KCWG) operational information map (4 Ws) shows the various CVA actors’ coverage as of June 2020. Those actors are responding to different emergencies in Kenya including Rapid-Onset flooding, Desert locust invasion and COVID-19 pandemic funded by various donors.

24 July 2020

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

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...

23 July 2020

COVID-19 Impacts on Prices and Markets in Iraq

Report

The COVID-19 crisis in Iraq has caused severe economic disruptions in Iraq that will affect vulnerable households the most. The Cash Consortium for Iraq (CCI) has two streams of ongoing data collection on prices and markets, monitoring the retailer and the consumer perspective across five governorates....

18 July 2020

Cash Transfers and Social Protection: From Alignment to Integration

Policy paper

As the use of cash transfer programming grows in response to COVID-19, demands on the aid community’s own interventions and capacity to support state-led measures continue to grow in equal measure. Originally envisioned as a means of better coordinating parallel and remarkably similar humanitarian and...

10 July 2020

Ep. 3. What does the future of financial assistance mean for your work today?

Podcast

In this episode of the CashCast we speak to Meg Sattler from Ground Truth Solutions, Lars Peter Nissen from ACAPS, and Jenny Caswell from GSMA about the changes we should be seeing today, to effectively meet the humanitarian needs of the future.

Returns from Iran and Pakistan Funding Needs

Report

As of 23 June 2018, 348,506 undocumented Afghan returnees have crossed back into Afghanistan from Iran. The months of April and May have witnessed an average of 20,000 returns each week. The total represents a 50% increase of returns over the same period in 2017. The larger return is associated with a...

5 June 2020

Examples and Good Practices on the Use of Multi-Purpose Cash in the Food Security Sector

Guidelines and Tools

This global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) document was produced by the Cash and Markets Working Group (CMWG) to highlight the role and engagement of food security actors through different country experiences and good practices.
In recent years, multi-purpose cash (MPC) has been adopted more widely to...

1 June 2020

Protocol for the Prevention and Control of Infections in the Context of the COVID19 Pandemic

Guidelines and Tools

28 May 2020

Readiness Checklist for Cash Working Groups in light of COVID-19 Response – Version 2

Guidelines and Tools

This checklist is designed to assist CWGs adjust their plans and prepare to play an enhanced role in coordination of CVA in the context of increasing (and in some cases unprecedented) needs and limitations of COVID-19. Responses should, as ever, be context specific. We suggest that CWGs consider the...

19 May 2020