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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.

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