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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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New Thematic Page on Gender, Protection and CTP

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Gender and Cash Based Assistance in Humanitarian Contexts: An Agenda for Collective Action

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

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

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

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Toolkit for Optimizing Cash-based Interventions for Protection from Gender-based Violence

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