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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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An Assessment of ChildFund’s Emergency Cash Transfer Project in The Gambia

Report

Review of ChildFund’s pilot cash transfer intervention using mobile money, assisting people displaced by political crisis. Includes description of project design, results, assessment, and recommendations for future cash-based interventions. Project participants appreciated the cash which they used to...

July 2018

Addressing Customer Due Diligence Obligations to Promote Rohingya Financial Inclusion

Report

This report seeks to demonstrate that viable solutions exist for undocumented refugees, and outlines successful examples in different contexts whereby alternative KYC approaches have been established for refugees. It further demonstrates that by identifying and assessing the risks and concerns around...

May 2018

Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Financial Inclusion

Report

A case study on Kenya Red Cross Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Financial Inclusion along the Kenyan Coast. The study examines the extent to which humanitarian e-transfer beneficiaries increase their access and use of formal financial services and products such as payments, savings, credit or insurance.

February 2018

CTP in Challenging Contexts: Case study on CTP and risks in northern Mali

Report

This case study was commissioned by the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) as the first output under the 2018–2019 workstream on cash transfer programming (CTP) and associated risks. The study aims to contribute to the body of evidence on CTP-related risks and mitigation strategies by drawing lessons...

2018

Cash Transfer Programming in Armed Conflict: The ICRC’s Experience

Report

Money is the main means of survival for most people around the world. That remains the case in situations of armed conflict, when having cash to buy essential goods can mean the difference between life and death.
The ICRC’s experience shows that cash is an essential tool in humanitarian action in armed...

2018

Cash Week 2018: Event Report

Report

Cash Week 2018 was a series of events aimed at advancing issues, reflecting, and preparing for the future of cash and voucher assistance. The events, which took place in London and online from 15-19 October 2018, were intended to provide opportunities for: Networking and collaboration between CaLP’s...

2018

E-Transfer implementation guide

Guidelines and Tools

This updated E-transfer Implementation Guide replaces the original guide published in 2014. In cash transfer programming (CTP), electronic transfers (e-transfers) are a digital replacement for paper vouchers or physical cash. E-transfers are a disbursement mechanism – a way of transferring money, goods...

2018

Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs Global Report

Report

Efficient and effective use of humanitarian funds is critical to meet the emergency needs of as many people as possible, especially as emergencies in developing countries have become more numerous, complex, and protracted. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for...

2018

Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs: Jordan/Turkey Case Study Report

Report

Syria regional crisis: The response to the Syria regional crisis exemplifies the challenges and opportunities involved with delivering food assistance in a widespread, largely urban refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) crisis affecting middle-income countries. This case study focuses on...

January 2018

Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs: Nigeria Case Study Report

Report

Nigeria is an example of food assistance in a conflict situation in the Sahelian context. The response used information technology to deliver one of the more sophisticated applications of voucher programs. This case is a good example of proactive implementing partner (IP) mechanisms and monitoring systems...

January 2018