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Embracing new technology is critical to making humanitarian response – including cash and voucher assistance (CVA) – as effective as possible. But when we integrate new technologies and partnerships into humanitarian assistance, we must ensure that the safety, dignity and preferences of people in crisis always come first.

Digital technology is transforming the way we respond to emergencies. Innovations range from how we identifying people eligible for assistance, to data collection for assessments and monitoring, to communication with crisis-affected communities. Digital payment systems, including mobile devices, electronic vouchers, and cards – when used appropriately – can deliver timelier, more secure, more cost effective, and inclusive assistance. But as the volume of data we collect, store and share about people grows, we must ensure that our data protection systems keep pace and that we understand and mitigate for the risks inherent in new technologies.

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Best Practices for Rapid Cash Deployment

Guidelines and Tools

This note shares some best practices for rapid cash transfers based on our experience delivering cash transfer programs in difficult operating environments. Crown Agents Bank (CAB) and Segovia Technology joined forces last year to seamlessly manage payments to mobile wallets and banks in Africa. CAB has a...

18 May 2020

Unity Card

Presentation

In response to NCOVID, we have launched UNITY CARD,
which gives immediate technical support to the deployment of cash aid via this special card payments

18 May 2020

We Turn Mobile Sim Cards Into Bank Accounts for the Emerging World

Presentation

Fonbnk LLC (“Fonbnk” or the “Company”) is new distributed finance company, providing borderless banking infrastructure directly to unbanked people around the world using the mobile internet. Anyone with a prepaid mobile SIM card and a verified online identity can now have a global stored value...

5 May 2020

Webinar | Multi-purpose Cash Transfer and Child Protection: a case study (English and Spanish editions)

Webinar recording

Watch the webinar recording here. More information here. In 2018, with the support of OFDA and FFP, Save the Children implemented a multi-purpose cash transfer ‘Plus’ program in response to the influx of Venezuelan into Colombia. The program aimed at covering vulnerable household’s basic needs and...

4 May 2020

CCD Ethiopia one-year in: Collaboration in reality

Report

Based on insights compiled from surveys and interviews conducted with members of the Ethiopian cash community and CCD (Collaborative Cash Delivery Network) members in January 2020, this report provides an overview of how CCD Ethiopia is working towards global and national objectives, takeaways for startup...

24 April 2020

Mercy Corps Tipsheet: CVA payments and digital data management

Guidelines and Tools

Building off the COVID-19 and CVA tipsheet , this guidance helps you think through considerations to be making alongside your current payment providers. This also includes tips on if/when/how to anticipate
transitions to newly viable forms of transfer mechanisms/technologies in a given context.

26 March 2020

Cash Week 2019: How cash is driving change across the system

Blog Post

Cash Week 2019 aimed to provide a space to reflect, learn, and look ahead, to ensure quality in our use of CVA at scale. The CaLP team reflects on the key takeaways from the events that took place around the world, and what they mean for actors within and beyond the humanitarian sector.

20 February 2020

CVA and Risks: What happens in the field, stays in the field?

Blog Post

In October 2019 in Douala, Cameroon, CaLP facilitated a learning event exploring the risks to beneficiary protection in Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA). This closed-door workshop, held as part of series of meetings and webinars on the theme of CVA and risk in different regions, convened 25 humanitarian...

25 November 2019

Consent and Ownership in the Shift to Digital Cash and Voucher Assistance

Blog Post

Part of committing to cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is committing to going digital and collecting data. While they are two different things, they are deeply intertwined. And while an organisation can ‘go digital’ without cash programmes, it’s nearly impossible to commit to cash programmes in the...

11 November 2019

Mitigating Risks of Abuse of Power in Cash Assistance – 4 pages

Report

UNHCR and WFP are implementing a joint project to identify and mitigate risks of abuse by private sector service providers in their delivery of cash assistance to vulnerable populations. The project involves work with financial service providers, traders and other private sector stakeholders, as well as...

November 2019