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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

BIEP program 2020-2021 launch workshop

Training

27 October 2020 / Online / English

Cameroon: Country mapping – large scale cash transfers for COVID-19 response

Report

A rapid exploratory review aiming to identify recommendations for strengthening linkages between humanitarian cash and voucher assistance and national social protection mechanisms.

8 October 2020

Haiti Country Mapping: Large-Scale Cash Transfers for COVID-19

Report

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30 September 2020

Kenya Cash Working Group 4-Ws

Report

The Kenya Cash Working Group’s (KCWG) operational information map (4 Ws) that illustrate the various Cash and Voucher Interventions in the country as of July 2020. Humanitarian agencies are responding to different emergencies in Kenya including Rapid-Onset flooding, Desert locust invasion and COVID-19...

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Joint Financial Service Providers mapping-Iraq 2020

Report

FSP mapping covering financial infrastructure and the environment in Iraq, FSP`s capacity to current and increased demand, FSPs presence and area coverage, transactions and payment approval process and fees, regulations and required documentations, advantages, disadvantages, challenges, risks and...

29 September 2020

How to build a Humanitarian Response Plan that makes a difference: tips on accountability and cash

Blog Post

It’s humanitarian planning season once again! CaLP’s Sophie Tholstrup and Ground Truth Solutions’ Meg Sattler reflect on how to use the humanitarian planning process to build more effective, people-centred responses.

23 September 2020

CVA: Your Role as a GBV Coordinator (UNFPA / GBV AoR)

Guidelines and Tools

UNFPA’s Humanitarian Office and the GBV Area of Responsibility have developed this guidance on “CVA – Your Role as a GBV Coordinator,” for GBV coordination group leads and partners in humanitarian settings. Its purpose is to outline the practical ways in which GBV Coordinators should support GBV-...

14 September 2020

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

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...

4 September 2020

OCHA internal guidance – cash in HRPs

Guidelines and Tools

The enhanced 2020 Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) approach offers a unique opportunity, through its focus on producing a joint inter-sectoral analysis, to provide a holistic understanding of the relationship between needs in the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO). Additionally, the strengthened focus on...

2 September 2020

Use of Foreign Currency for Designing of Assistance Packages in Yemen_Fina

Guidelines and Tools

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