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Gender and Inclusion

Gender, age, abilities and other individual or context-specific characteristics present different opportunities and challenges to provide CVA to people in crisis in a dignified manner.

Among humanitarian actors, there is an increasing acknowledgement of the specific needs and constraints of people of differing abilities, older people, people of different genders, particularly women, and people on the move. Alongside this is a growing appreciation of the need for tailored and sensitive measures that ensure their effective inclusion.  

Supporting the needs of diverse people with CVA goes beyond making them a target group; it is about meaningful engagement, purposive design and implementation, and programme adjustment to meet different groups’ needs with dignity. Inclusive approaches go hand in hand with people-centred aid. 

Current priorities 

The CALP Network will continue to encourage cash actors to widen their focus to be more inclusive and champion a fuller understanding of how CVA can go beyond the notion of ‘do no harm’ towards appropriately addressing the needs of diverse people in safe and dignified manners. 

We will work to elevate the experiences and initiatives on CVA and gender, disability inclusive CVA, working with different ethnicities and cultural identities, minority groups, people with diverse sexual identities, and age groups. 

CALP will also strive to make its work as accessible as possible. 

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Comparative study of the effects of different cash modalities on gender dynamics and people with disabilities in Aleppo, Syria – Executive summary

Report

In 2020/2021, the Syria Joint Response partners (ZOA, Oxfam, Cordaid, Dorcas and Terre des Hommes) completed a comparative research to showcase the different effects of different modalities on the most deprived and marginalised groups, in particular women and People With Disabilities (PWD) in order to...

14 April 2021

User journeys of Syrian refugees receiving multi-purpose cash from WFP in Lebanon

Report

Ground Truth Solutions, in collaboration with the Cash Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Organizational Network (CAMEALEON) have produced a report detailing the lived experiences or “user journeys” of Syrian refugees in Lebanon receiving multipurpose cash assistance from the World...

1 April 2021

Inclusive Information Systems for Social Protection: Intentionally Integrating Gender and Disability

Policy paper

Digital information systems serving the social protection sector, and especially social assistance, are increasingly prominent and will continue to be, as is the case within all other sectors. “Why? Because the ability of a country to care for its people and respond to their lifecycle needs depends on...

11 March 2021

UNFPA Cash Assistance to Support Individual Protection Needs in Northwest Syria

Report

As part of humanitarian programming in northwest Syria, through cross-border operations managed from Turkey, UNFPA provided one-off, unconditional, Individual Protection Assistance (IPA) in the form of cash disbursements to 10,074 vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to cover the costs of their...

1 February 2021

2020 Cash and Voucher Programming (CVP): Roadmap and milestone achieved

Report

In 2020, World Vision has implemented cash and voucher programming like never before – not least due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related social protection transfer scale-ups. From 2019 to 2020, we have seen a 28 % increase of our cash, voucher based programming, moving towards enabling affected...

22 January 2021

Better Gender Outcomes in Food Assistance through Complementary and Multi-Modal Programing

Report

There is now widespread recognition and evidence that CVA can have highly positive socio-economic impacts, ranging from poverty reduction and improved living conditions to enhanced psychosocial well-being. Despite such steps toward food assistance programming that fosters dignity and choice and stimulates...

20 January 2021

Better Gender Outcomes in Food Assistance through Complementary and Multi-Modal Programing: Promising Practices Tip Sheet

Guidelines and Tools

This Tip Sheet is excerpted from the research report, “Better Gender Outcomes in Food Assistance through Complementary and Multi-Modal programming,” and gives promising practices by the cycles of project cycle management, as well as at the response level. Additionally, there are expert tips and wisdom...

20 January 2021

Cash and Voucher Assistance Guidelines for Lao PDR

Guidelines and Tools

Cash and voucher assistance is becoming increasingly popular in Lao PDR in delivering humanitarian assistance, rehabilitation and development focused projects. In supporting the cash and voucher assistance agenda in Lao PDR, the Cash Working Group was established as a working group for local and regional...

1 January 2021

Cash. Dignity. Agency.

Video

Watch the videos here Displaced people face higher rates of gender-based violence before, during, and after they are forced to move. The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) explores how cash transfers can be used in response to gender-based violence and its potential to help displaced persons, including...

22 December 2020

Cash transfer and child protection: An integrated approach to address the needs of unaccompanied and separated adolescents in the Central African Republic

Report

This report assesses Plan International’s Monetary Transfer and Child Protection Project in Central African Republic. It aims to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the programme, including implementation challenges and successes, benefits and associated risks for beneficiaries,and to identify...

22 December 2020

Cash Transfer and Education: Supporting basic education for Syrian refugees and Egyptian host communities

Report

This report assesses Plan International’s Tawasol: Learning for Coexistence Project in Egypt to understand its strengths and weaknesses, including implementation challenges and successes, risks and benefits for beneficiaries, and any needs for continued capacity building. Plan International – with...

22 December 2020

Cash and Voucher Assistance, Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence Integration in Humanitarian Response Plans: Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants Case Study

Report

The case study was created with the inputs of the Regional Cash Working Group, supported by CashCap, and UNWOMEN’s regional gender focal point in the Response for Venezuelans. It demonstrates an example of meaningfully integrating gender and cash and voucher assistance at a response level. In October...

16 December 2020

Establishing a Cash Working Group and GBV Sub-Cluster task force: NW Syria Case Study

Report

The case study was created with the inputs of two Cash Working Group leads and the GBV Turkey cross-border Sub-Cluster leads in the Northwest Syria response. The case study demonstrates an example of meaningful linking of gender-based violence response and cash and voucher assistance. As Cash and Voucher...

16 December 2020

Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence Risk Mitigation in Cash and Voucher Assistance: Vanuatu Case study

Report

The case study was created with the inputs of Oxfam Vanuatu and UNFPA Vanuatu. It demonstrates the meaningful connection of cash and voucher assistance and gender at a response level. Vanuatu is one of the world’s most remote locations and particularly vulnerable to cyclones and other natural hazards....

16 December 2020

Gender Equality and Cash and Voucher Assistance: Tools and guidance

Guidelines and Tools

With the continuous uptake and scaling of cash and voucher assistance (CVA), it is more critical than ever that humanitarian and development actors shift their focus away from measuring gender mainstreaming and gender equality efforts by metrics (e.g. targeting at least 50% women), towards strategically...

28 October 2020

Gender Based Violence and Cash and Voucher Assistance: Tools and guidance

Guidelines and Tools

There is increasing momentum among Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) actors in the humanitarian sector to consider linkages between GBV and CVA in all CVA projects at all stages of the project cycle.
Integrating gender and CVA was set as a priority action under the Grand...

28 October 2020

CVA: Your Role as a GBV Coordinator (UNFPA / GBV AoR)

Guidelines and Tools

UNFPA’s Humanitarian Office and the GBV Area of Responsibility have developed this guidance on “CVA – Your Role as a GBV Coordinator,” for GBV coordination group leads and partners in humanitarian settings. Its purpose is to outline the practical ways in which GBV Coordinators should support GBV-...

14 September 2020

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Linking humanitarian Cash and Social Protection in practise

Report

This paper seeks to demonstrate practical ways in which NGOs are linking their humanitarian work to social protection and the added importance of this in the context of COVID-19, following from the earlier work of CCD outlining the role of NGOs to
improve the access to and delivery of social protection in...

27 July 2020