Skip to content
We are sorry but the page you are looking for is not available in the language you have selected, please go to the corresponding homepage
  1. Themes

Coordination

As multipurpose cash disrupts traditional divisions of responsibility in the sector-based humanitarian sector, disagreements remain around how cash and voucher assistance (CVA) should be coordinated.

Background

Effective coordination can prevent gaps and overlaps in humanitarian responses and ensure CVA maximizes outcomes for affected populations, while also making the most of limited humanitarian funding. 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. 

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. 

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

Cash Coordination Next Steps: An important meeting for humanitarian leaders

Event

Wednesday 15th September from 13.00 -14.00 UTC

15 September 2021 / Online / English

Exploring Self-Reliance at the Humanitarian-Development Nexus: A Longer-Term Review of MPCA Outcomes

Report

Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) is provided to extremely socio-economically vulnerable individuals to alleviate financial hardship. In Iraq, MPCA is intended to act as temporary consumption support so that households may eventually be linked with social protection assistance or return to...

30 August 2021

Core CVA Skills for programme staff

CaLP Online: Core CVA Skills for Programme Staff Course

Course

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.

21 July 2021 / English / 3. Application

SPACE Overcoming barriers to coordinating across social protection and humanitarian assistance – building on promising practices

Policy paper

The importance of strong coordination between actors preparing, designing and implementing shock responses is well accepted. This has been highlighted specifically concerning shock responsive social protection (SRSP) as well as linking humanitarian action and social protection (HA-SP). However, despite...

30 June 2021

The key to fairness is inclusion. The key to fairness is inclusion: Understanding perceptions of fairness and aid modality preferences in Northeast Nigeria

Report

The use of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is increasing in Nigeria: CVA currently makes up around 50% of the food security response, and was received by 1.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 2020.1 Following-up on a quantitative survey that we conducted in 2020, this report contains...

17 June 2021

Economic Relief, Recovery, And Resilience Assessment For Southern Iraq

Report

The profile of Southern Iraq varies from that of the Northern ‘conflict-affected’ governorates most heavily impacted by the conflict with the Islamic State between 2014-2017. Southern Iraq has seen chronic underinvestment since the 1980s, with cumulative impacts building across the Iran-Iraq War and...

10 June 2021

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.

Call for Action: Resolution of Cash Coordination within the Humanitarian Architecture

Report

9 June 2021

Looking Through an Environmental Lens – Implications and opportunities for Cash Transfer Programming in humanitarian response

Report

This study reviews the tensions between the use of cash-like assistance and negative environmental impacts in the humanitarian assistance process and defines a diagnostic framework for assessing these impacts to define how to make assistance transfers in a way which minimizes the potential for negative...

2 June 2021

Confidence and usage of ATMs

Report

For the reports click here The World Food Programme (WFP) supports Syrian refugee families living in extreme poverty in Lebanon by providing them with multi-purpose cash (MPC) transfers to meet their basic needs. WFP loads the assistance on an e-card, called the Red Card, each month and programme...

25 May 2021