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CVA and COVID-19: resources, guidance, events and questions

Credit: Columbia University in the City of New York

We hope that you are all staying well in these uncertain times. As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, it seems every community will be touched in some way – whether directly by the virus or by the economic and other impacts it is having.

There has been a significant amount of discussion across the CaLP network on what the pandemic means for the use of CVA and for the operations of CaLP members.

Guidance and resources

  • Collection of resources (full list to consult), learning and questions here, thank you for continuing to share!
  • Other useful resources and links here below.



Main image credit: Columbia University in the City of New York


Cash Transfers and Social Protection: From Alignment to Integration

Policy paper

As the use of cash transfer programming grows in response to COVID-19, demands on the aid community’s own interventions and capacity to support state-led measures continue to grow in equal measure. Originally envisioned as a means of better coordinating parallel and remarkably similar humanitarian and...

10 July 2020

CVA in COVID-19 Contexts: Guidance from the CaLP network

Guidelines and Tools

This is a summary of the key points from the many resources you shared on CVA and COVID through this document. This is a living document and we will continue to update this summary as new resources are added. The below is intended to help organisations understand and prepare for likely impacts of COVID-19...

9 July 2020

Linking Humanitarian Cash and Social Protection for an Effective Cash Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic


The Grand-Bargain (GB) Sub-group on Linking Humanitarian Cash and Social Protection issues a 1-pager calling on all GB signatories to use all means at their disposal to deliver on their commitment to link humanitarian cash and social protection where appropriate for an effective cash response to the...

July 2020

A call for action Increase the uptake of cash transfers to ensure rapid response in case of shocks

Guidelines and Tools

Despite a growing global interest in cash and voucher assistance since the beginning of the pandemic, the modality is still insufficiently used to limit the socio-economic impacts of the COVID crisis in West and Central Africa, both by governments and humanitarian actors. This call to action, developed by...

30 June 2020

Busting myths and addressing assumptions against CVA in the region in the COVID context

Policy paper

30 June 2020

COVID-19: Invest now in cash/voucher-social protection scale-up or children pay the price later


Read the article here. Only socially accountable Social Protection Assistance beyond humanitarian cash/voucher programmes – if properly and quickly implemented – will protect generations of children from the aftershocks of COVID-19. Despite cash and voucher transfers becoming the tool of choice of...

25 June 2020

COVID-19 & Urgent Need for Child-Sensitive Social Protection

Policy paper

The COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting children’s lives in a myriad of ways. Well-intentioned government containment and response efforts such as movement restrictions and school closures have disrupted education for more than 1.5 billion students, leaving some of the most vulnerable children...

25 June 2020

CVA & COVID-19: Remote Market Assessment and Monitoring

Blog Post

As field practitioners adapt their programmes to COVID-19, colleagues across our membership and Cash Working Groups are identifying multiple challenges. CaLP is working with others to develop a series of short, field-focused recommendations for such practitioners. The purpose of this series is to share...

22 June 2020

Global Remittances to Suffer a Blow From COVID-19

Blog Post

CaLP’s Future of Financial Assistance report highlighted the importance for CVA actors of working with and alongside other financial flows, which often dwarf volumes of humanitarian aid in crisis contexts. Of these flows, remittances are a critical lifeline for many crisis-affected households. Gerelyn...

17 June 2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) COVID-19 and Gender Aware Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) Programming

Policy paper

This FAQ is prepared for the CVA professional to build their technical capacity in relation to use of cash and voucher transfers across the sectors particularly under COVID-19 response.

16 June 2020