Effective coordination can prevent gaps and overlaps in humanitarian responses, ensure the impact of CVA is optimised for the benefit of crisis affected populations, whilst also making the most of limited humanitarian funding. But the CALP Network’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.
Ninety-five donors, international and national NGOs, private sector actors and one UN agency have called for clarity on two key issues surrounding cash coordination:
- Who should be accountable for ensuring effective cash coordination, and
- What the scope of Cash Working Groups should be, including in relation to multipurpose cash.
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 the impact on affected populations rather than agency politics are long overdue.
We aim 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.
Cash Coordination 2022 – LIVE timeline
The latest updates on cash coordination as they unfold.
95 Organisations Sign Letter Calling for Strengthened Cash Coordination
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...
Is cash transforming the humanitarian system or is the system limiting how cash is used?
At the State of World’s Cash 2020 launch event, Sorcha O’Callaghan, Director of Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI warned that, “Cash offers a huge transformative potential, but as far as the...
State of the World’s Cash 2020 Chapter 5 summary: Coordination
There has been very limited progress on cash coordination since 2017. Cash continues to challenge the established coordination and funding architecture, and efforts to resolve outstanding...
Cash Coordination Tip Sheet
Guidelines and Tools
This tip sheet sets out established best practice, key guidance and resources for all aspects of cash coordination, intended as a clear, accessible and action-oriented guide for those engaged in...
Introducing the Cash Coordination Tip Sheet
The CALP Network has developed a tipsheet setting out established best practice and key guidance and resources for all aspects of cash coordination, intended as a clear, accessible and...
Cash Coordination: A proposal from members in MENA
Earlier this year the CALP Network undertook regional consultations to explore options for cash coordination. This blog lays out recommendations from participants from the Middle East and North...
Series of meetings organised by the Cash Coordination Caucus
East and Southern Africa Regional Cash Working Group Leads and Co-Leads Workshop Report
Cash Working Group Leads and Co-Leads from different countries in East and Southern Africa came together to exchange learning, share experiences and discuss global and regional trends in cash and voucher assistance. The topics covered which are available in this report were; Minimum Expenditure Baskets...
CashCap case study: Regional deployment to Latin America
This case study highlights the importance of having independent, operational and technical cash and voucher support at the regional level, as in the past years the humanitarian action has evolved to respond to the spread of crises across multiple countries. It gives a hint on how Jimena helped to build a...
CashCap case study: Country mission to South Sudan
This case study walks us through a context where initial the humanitarian actors didn’t engage or trust the CWG’s achievements. Where a key challenge was balancing the power dynamics and ensuring the voices of national NGOs in particular got heard at the table dominated by bigger players. Until...
Role of International Organisations in promoting localisation agenda: case study of social protection in South Sudan
Humanitarian organizations have been constantly aiming to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of response. Standards, codes and frameworks have evolved. Still, long lasting dichotomy has plagued international humanitarian architecture. In recent times, there have been growing realization for the need to...
Iraq MPCA Vulnerability Model Review 2021: Technical Report
Guidelines and Tools
A new socio-economic vulnerability assessment tool (SEVAT) used to target vulnerable IDP, returnee, and host community households eligible for multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA) in Iraq was developed in 2021. Actors delivering MPCA in Iraq have used a harmonised tool to identify households since 2016...
Making humanitarian cash programming easier, safer and faster through the 121 Platform
Better Cash Information Management and improved systems and tools can address the gap for humanitarian organisations and increase cash program quality and scale. The 121 Platform offers this solution with a Humanitarian Organisation Portal, Aid Worker App and Person Affected App. With the 121 Platform, we...
Cash at a Crossroads: Getting It Right for Affected Communities
The great increase in the use of cash assistance has been one of the humanitarian sector’s success stories. Just as cash offers more flexibility for affected communities, it demands more ingenuity from the humanitarian sector. With the modalities of cash programming now receiving attention at the...
Financial Literacy Training In Uganda’s Refugee Response – A Learning Brief
The Financial Literacy Training (FLT) Learning Brief draws together experiences and lessons learned from the U-Learn Financial Literacy Training analysis, the FLT discussion paper and a learning event. It provides an overview of FLT practices and experiences in Uganda, and includes recommendations that...
Cash Coordination Caucus – Proposed Strategy
The strategy document was developed by the EP’s office to delineate the objectives, composition and engagement structure of the cash coordination caucus in the Grand Bargain 2.0 process...