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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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CVA for Protection: A Mapping of IRC’s Use of Cash and Voucher Assistance to Help Achieve Protection Outcomes

Guidelines and Tools

The IRC first began to integrate cash into protection programs in 2013, leveraging the flexibility of CVA to support clients living in urban refugee contexts in the Middle East. Since then, IRC has rapidly expanded its use of CVA to help achieve protection outcomes. This scale-up has come with important...

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Reflections and recommendations from evaluations of the 2017 CVA Somalia Drought Response

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Improving our response to drought to avert crises through the use of cash and voucher assistance requires us to build on experience. This paper pulls together reflections and recommendations from a review of eight evaluation reports, reviews and studies that were conducted during or after the 2017 drought...

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Understanding Cash-Based Programming & Protection in the Northern Region of Iraq-KRI

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Cash and Protection Study on impact of CVA (food security focus) on protection outcomes, particularly for women and children.
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Brief lessons learned document of our journey using Participatory Videos (PV) in Uganda. We asked ourselves key questions, and share some tips. What inspired us? Why PV? With PV you take the backseat, are we prepared? What was the role of CashCap & partners? Bottom-up or business as usual? We have raised...

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3rd Grand Bargain Cash Work Stream Workshop – Co-Conveners’ Report

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The third Grand Bargain (GB) Cash work stream Workshop was held at WFP Headquarters in Rome on 16th-17th May 2019, hosted by WFP and DFID. Over 85 participants attended the workshop, representing 60 donor and humanitarian organisations and multilateral agencies, and including representatives from the...

2019

Multipurpose Cash Outcome Indicators – Final Draft for Testing

Guidelines and Tools

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Impact Assessment for Cash for Education Project funded by DGECHO in Egypt

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Cash for Work (CFW) Guidance Note

Guidelines and Tools

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Are there gendered impacts to multi-purpose cash transfers intended to build resilience?

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Brief from full report “The Gendered Dimension of Multi-Purpose Cash Supporting Disaster Resilience” extracting the specific gendered findings from a study on the impact of an EU funded project that used a “Cash Plus” approach, combining ten monthly multi-purpose cash (MPC) transfers with the...

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Vanuatu Cash Transfer Feasibility Assessment

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The CALP Network Publishes Collection of Research Papers to Fill the Evidence Gap Around Gender and Cash

Blog Post

UN Women, Concern Worldwide and World Food Programme are the first to contribute research to this ongoing series of papers.

9 December 2018

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The CALP Network’s Karen Peachey in Devex: “For cash transfers to work, we can’t ignore gender”

Blog Post

Our interim director Karen Peachey is featured on Devex.com discussing the need to build the evidence around the relationship between gender and cash transfers. The CALP Network’s ‘Collected Papers on Gender and Cash Transfers’ is out now.

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Setting the Stage: What we know (and don’t know) about the effects of cash-based interventions on gender outcomes in humanitarian settings

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Gender and Cash-Based Programming in Malawi: Lessons from Concern Worldwide’s humanitarian and development experience

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How Cash and Food Transfers and Asset Creation Can Contribute to Women’s Empowerment: Learning from Niger, Kenya and Zimbabwe

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Evaluation of the 2017 Somalia Humanitarian Cash-Based Response

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After several years of poor rainfall, the humanitarian community responded to a famine alert issued in January 2017 with a significant scale-up of funding and programmes. Having originally published a 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) in November 2016, by May 2017, the Somalia Humanitarian Country...

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The Grand Bargain Cash Meetings: what did we learn, how are we doing, where next?

Blog Post

After cash focal points from Grand Bargain signatory organisations gathered in Rome for the second annual meeting of the Grand Bargain cash workstream, we ask how much progress has been made towards commitments, and what remains to be done.

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