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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

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

Guidelines and Tools

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19 May 2020

Best Practices for Rapid Cash Deployment

Guidelines and Tools

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18 May 2020

CWG SS Tipsheet: Protection from COVID-19 during cash distribution (PPE)

Guidelines and Tools

This document is created by Cash Working Group (CWG) South Sudan to provide guidance/key messages to partners, sectors, inter-sector working group, FSP, communities and beneficiaries on key safety measures in the context of COVID-19. The document compiles recommendations from different sources including,...

14 May 2020

We Turn Mobile Sim Cards Into Bank Accounts for the Emerging World

Presentation

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5 May 2020

Sectoral Analysis Activities and Risk Mapping

Guidelines and Tools

This resource maps the risks, activities and impact of delivering Multi-Purpose Cash (MPC) assistance in the current COVID-19 response.

3 May 2020

Position Paper: Humanitarian Access for CVA Delivery

Guidelines and Tools

This position paper is intended to advocate for exemptions to movement restrictions for stakeholders involved in the delivery of humanitarian cash assistance in response to COVID-19 crisis. It includes advocacy messages from cash working groups (CWG), inter-cluster coordination groups (ICCG) and the...

3 May 2020

COVID-19 and Cash Transfers in MENA: What’s Possible?

Blog Post

Some of the most complex and protracted humanitarian crises in the world are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. These crises were already suffering from funding shortfalls and worsening vulnerabilities. Now, like the rest of the world, people in MENA – both host and refugee/displaced...

3 May 2020

Guidance for CVA Response Plan for The COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidelines and Tools

This document from the Damascus CWG provides guidance intended for CVA practitioners preparing a response plan for COVID-19. It includes a sections on humanitarian needs analysis, response approach, coordination mechanisms.

28 April 2020

COVID-19 and CVA: how are operational actors responding?

Blog Post

“The COVID-19 pandemic will have devastating consequences on people’s livelihoods and employment, especially in post-fragile, crisis and post-crisis environments.” Global Humanitarian Response Plan: COVID-19 We don’t yet know exactly how the COVID-19 pandemic will be experienced by the world’s...

30 March 2020

Cash and Voucher Assistance and the Covid-19 Outbreak, Syria

Guidelines and Tools

This documents intents to provide guidance and advice on how to best adapt Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) programming during the current Covid-19 outbreak and specifically how to manage CVA during the outbreak and how to operate while reducing the risk of contamination
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26 March 2020