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Monitoring and Evaluation

The flexible and multisectoral nature of cash presents unique challenges when it comes to monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of humanitarian responses. Agreeing and using common indicators will help to ensure we are working together to improve the quality of cash and voucher assistance (CVA).

Most M&E challenges, such as a lack of sufficient investment and capacities, are not specific to CVA. But those that are relate primarily to monitoring outcomes for unrestricted transfers. The flexibility of cash transfers can make it difficult to determine appropriate outcome indicators, as they may involve a combination of sector-specific and cross-cutting indicators. At the same time, there are limitations on gathering accurate data on how cash transfers are spent.

Grand Bargain signatories have committed to ensuring relevant M&E mechanisms are in place for cash, and increasing understanding of the costs, benefits, impacts and risks of cash relative to other modalities. Building on this, the GB cash workstream has action points including the development of common outcome indicators for multipurpose cash, and metrics for analysing value for money. Systematic value for money analysis has been limited by factors including a lack of agreed upon approaches, the need for quality outcome data, and the intensive nature of the analysis.

Current priorities

As part of the Grand Bargain cash commitments, the CALP Network has co-led (with USAID and CRS) the development of Multipurpose Cash Outcome Indicators. The draft for testing is currently available in English, French and Spanish via the library.

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Global Cash Working Group Meeting – 29 March 2022

Presentation

This slide deck includes presentation materials from the GCWG meeting on 29 March 2022. Presentations include an overview of the cash coordination caucus outcomes by NRC and an update on research by Ground Truth Solutions.

29 March 2022

DG ECHO Thematic Policy Document on Cash Transfers

Policy paper

DG ECHO released its Thematic Policy document on Cash Transfers in March 2022. The document provides guidance primarily to DG ECHO’s partners and staff, but also to the wider cash community with the objective of collectively enhancing the quality and efficiency of cash programmes and of humanitarian...

22 March 2022

East and Southern Africa Regional Cash Working Group Leads and Co-Leads Workshop Report

Report

Cash Working Group Leads and Co-Leads from different countries in East and Southern Africa came together to exchange learning, share experiences and discuss global and regional trends in cash and voucher assistance. The topics covered which are available in this report were; Minimum Expenditure Baskets...

25 January 2022

Meeting Needs Index – guidance note

Guidelines and Tools

The Meeting Needs Index, or MNI, is a proxy measure of household welfare, providing a single-figure composite indication of how able a household is to meet multiple basic needs. It was first developed and utilized by Mercy Corps in the Gaza Strip, then at larger scale by the Gaza Protection Consortium, as...

17 November 2021

Toolkit for Engaging Adolescents in Child Protection and CVA Monitoring and Evaluation – Tool 2 Activity for Mapping CVA Risks and Protective Factors with Adolescents

Guidelines and Tools

This tool describes an activity for mapping cash and voucher
assistance associated risks and protective factors with adolescents. It must be used along with the other tools in the “Toolkit for Engaging
Adolescents in Child Protection and Cash and Voucher Assistance
Monitoring and Evaluation”. In...

4 November 2021

UN Common Cash Statement Progress Report – September 2021

Report

This report outlines key progress and challenges under the UN Common Cash Statement (UNCCS) and the vision and priorities ahead. It builds on more than two years of implementation, the UNCCS Q&A and a number
of surveys and lessons learned workshops conducted with countries in 2021. While the focus has...

September 2021

Gender Analysis of Livelihoods Programming and Individual, Household and Community Dynamics in Iraq

Report

Women throughout the world are constrained in their economic activities, and face major challenges trying to pursue better paid and more productive jobs, including in Iraq. Iraq is in a time of change after ISIS and in light of the pandemic. Though economic upheaval brings hardship, it also can open doors...

30 August 2021