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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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Core CVA Skills for programme staff

CaLP Online: Core CVA Skills for Programme Staff Course

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Do you aim to continually develop your professional skills around Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA)? CaLP's NEW online course will strengthen your CVA expertise and your ability to design and implement high-quality programming.

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Humanitarian Cash Coordination

95 Organisations Sign Letter Calling for Strengthened Cash Coordination

News

Today a letter signed by 95 organisations was handed into the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) urging the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) to take a decision on the leadership and scope of cash coordination in the coming year.

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Report

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Enablers and Gaps: Gender Equality, Gender-Based Violence Response and Mitigation in Cash and Voucher Assistance at Response levels: analysis on three case studies

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The Gender and Cash Sub-Workstream identified three case studies that illustrate how Cash Working Groups, GBV Sub-Clusters, gender focal points (e.g. Gender in Humanitarian Action Working groups at country and regional level) and humanitarian partnerships can enable meaningful and wider engagement on...

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Cashing in: Turning challenges into opportunities when evaluating humanitarian cash assistance

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Group Cash Transfers Guidance and Tools

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This guidance highlights key steps and considerations to take to be able to design, implement and monitor GCTs. The guidance is accompanied by a set of tools, as well as references to existing tools, to help facilitating agencies and GCT-supported groups with implementing the approach. Furthermore, this...

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Leveraging the Potential for Group Cash Transfers: A complementary report to the Group Cash Transfer: Guidance and Tools (pilot version)

Report

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