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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, 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. 

Current priorities

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. 

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Hand over exercise – Infographic

Guidelines and Tools

The following catalogue summarizes some key Regional CWG tools that were core to the structure during the period April 2020- September 2021 – co led by IFRC, WFP , UNICEF Technical Secretariat – Technical Adviser- CashCap- For more details, refer to https://www.r4v.info/en/cva

14 September 2021

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)? The CALP Network'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

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