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Multipurpose Cash Assistance

Multipurpose cash assistance offers people affected by crises the flexibility and dignity to choose how to cover their needs. But humanitarian actors must find new ways of working together to ensure it is incorporated effectively into the humanitarian system.

Multipurpose Cash (MPC) are unrestricted cash transfers that people affected by crises can use to cover their basic needs. By its nature, MPC is the assistance modality which offers people a maximum degree of choice, flexibility and dignity. There is also growing evidence that it is more cost-efficient and cost-effective to meet multiple needs.

But this requires new ways of collaborating between humanitarian actors, at all stages of the program cycle, and across sectors. While solid tools exist to support collaboration, they have not been widely adopted and MPC is still used in an ad-hoc way. Challenges remain to be addressed if we are to successfully fit MPC into the humanitarian system.

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CASH ON THE MOVE – Adapting Multi-Purpose Cash ‘Plus’ Assistance to support people on the move in Peru

Report

In 2019 and 2020, with the support of USAID´s
Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (formerly
FFP and OFDA), Save the Children implemented
a multi-purpose cash ‘Plus’ program in response
to the influx of Venezuelan migrants into Peru. Households that were only transiting through the
cities where they...

8 January 2021

CCI COVID-19 Impacts on Prices and Markets in Iraq

Report

The COVID-19 crisis in Iraq has caused severe economic disruptions in Iraq that will affect vulnerable households the most. The Cash Consortium for Iraq (CCI) has two streams of ongoing data collection on prices and markets, monitoring the retailer and the consumer perspective across five governorates....

6 January 2021

The Environmental Implications of Cash Transfers

Report

In recent years, the use of the “cash” modality in humanitarian programmes has grown exponentially. Some actors also put forward, among others things, their environmental benefits. The main hypothesis being that if items are purchased locally, humanitarian actors will have a reduced carbon footprint....

14 December 2020

Cash Barometer Nigeria, November 2020

Report

After more than a decade of conflict and violent insurgency by the non-state armed group Boko Haram, some 7.9 million people in Nigeria’s Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states (collectively known as the BAY states) were expected to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2020. Since the onset of Covid-19,...

30 November 2020

UNHCR Cash Assistance and COVID-19: Main Findings from Post-Distribution Monitoring

Report

UNHCR is pleased to share the report UNHCR Cash Assistance and COVID – 19: Main Findings from Post-Distribution Monitoring (PDM), which provides a summary and analysis of UNHCR’s monitoring data from 13 countries during the pandemic along with detailed examples from country operations including on...

5 October 2020

Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 in Nigeria Using The Household Economy Analysis Framework

Report

Analysis of impact of COVID-19 on household food and income sources.

1 October 2020

Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 in Mauritania Using the Household Economy Analysis Framework

Report

Analysis of Impacts of COVID-19 on household income and food security.

1 October 2020

Stepping up CVA with COVID-19: Paving the way we respond to future crisis

Report

COVID-19 has thrown the world into lockdown and taken a tremendous toll on the health, social, and economic status of vulnerable communities, households, and individuals. Limitations on daily activities and an over-arching health crisis, restrictions on movement, closures of schools and businesses have...

15 September 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

Gaza Multi-Purpose Cash Programme: Endline Evaluation

Report

This report presents the key findings of the pilot Gaza Multi-Purpose Cash Program (GMPC) implemented by Mercy Corps Palestine in the Gaza Strip during 2019-20. The aim of the programme was to allow 1,227 poor and food insecure households to meet their varied basic needs, by delivering three cash...

10 September 2020