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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.

Latest

Multipurpose Cash Outcome Indicators – Final Draft for Testing

Guidelines and Tools

Note that the MPC indicators have now been revised. Please click here  to access the updated Multipurpose Outcome Indicators and Guidance, which is available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.        Multipurpose Cash Outcome Indicators – Final Draft for Testing Multipurpose cash (MPC) is a...

2019

Cash Assistance and the Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Report

The study Cash Assistance and the Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is based on comprehensive research in Lebanon, Ecuador and Morocco. It provides learning and recommendations when using cash assistance in the prevention, mitigation and response to SGBV. The...

2019

Response Options Analysis Planning Guide

Guidelines and Tools

The inter-sector Response Options Analysis and Planning (ROAP) is a structured decision-making process, which draws from the information generated through a multitude of needs and operational environment assessments. The ROAP gives way to the selection of the most appropriate, operationally feasible and...

2019

Minimum Expenditure Basket Harmonization Guidance

Guidelines and Tools

The present Minimum Expenditure (MEB) Guidance is an operational tool for the Refugee Response to inform humanitarian multi sector and/or multipurpose cash assistance to meet food needs and a broader set of essential needs of refugees in Uganda.

2019

Monitoring Child Protection within Humanitarian Cash Programmes

Guidelines and Tools

This paper summarises findings from an initial scoping study, which seeks to review how child protection outcomes are captured when monitoring multi-purpose humanitarian cash programmes. The study intends to inform the development and piloting of new approaches to integrating child protection concerns...

2019

Harmonising registrations and identification in emergencies in Somalia

Report

The study reveals that the collection of registration and identification data in Somalia is governed mainly by policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures developed by humanitarian agencies. Before collecting registration data, most humanitarian agencies select recipients through a two-step...

2019

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

Report

The overall objectives of the Impact assessment were: To measure the impact of cash on the girls and boys by DGECHO funded project. To measure the impact of cash on Education and protection through a gender lens to investigate considerations of power dynamics in the households Understand the good...

2019

Harmonising registrations and identification in emergencies in Somalia – Briefing

Report

This briefing highlights the benefits, risks and challenges associated with establishing an integrated data system for cash transfer programming (CTP), based on the findings of a study that examined how different humanitarian agencies in Somalia are managing the collection, analysis and sharing of...

2019

Beyond Basic Needs: Using Cash and Voucher Assistance to Support the Transition from Basic Survival to Livelihoods Recovery in a Resource-Strapped World

Guidelines and Tools

Do you think of yourself as a “cash” person OR as a “livelihoods” person? An “emergency” practitioner OR a “recovery” practitioner? Or do you find yourself unsatisfied with the often narrow implications of these terms? We’ll never have enough funding to provide basic needs support to...

2019

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...

2019

Cash for Work (CFW) Guidance Note

Guidelines and Tools

Cash for Work interventions provide employment to unskilled and semi-skilled workers on labour intensive projects such as rehabilitation of irrigation systems, soil conservation, and road construction and maintenance.

2019

Healing and Enabling- Stories from Typhoon Mangkhut Response

Report

The response to Typhoon Mangkhut is one of Christian Aid’s purely cash-based response that incorporate a community-led approach in its design and execution. Undertaken with our NGO and community partners, it has been in keeping with Christian Aid’s development principle of working with, and through...

2019

Mobile money enabled cash aid delivery: Operational handbook for Mobile Money Providers

Guidelines and Tools

Section 1 of this handbook provides essential background on the humanitarian sector and cash and voucher assistance (CVA) programmes. A brief overview of the business case for CVA delivery identifies the potential revenue streams that can come from building long-term strategic partnerships with...

2019

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

Report

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...

2019

Words Matter: A brief overview of the cash terminology debate

Blog Post

In this guest blog, Oxfam GB's cash adviser Steph Roberson looks back on #CashWeek2018 and how the key debates over terminology have fed into the revision of the CALP Network Glossary.

18 December 2018

Cash for Shelter in Kenya – A Field Experience

Report

A study of a cash for shelter project in Kalobeyei that highlights how UNHCR uses cash assistance to help the refugees to transition to more durable solutions, in this case, integration with the host community. The project presents a paradigm shift from the traditional refugee camp planning process.

December 2018

Protecting Nutrition of Pregnant and Lactating Women and Children in Acute Food Crises

Report

This briefing sheet provides an overview of methods and findings from a study examing the impact of cash and voucher assistance on prevention of acute malnutrition among pregnant and lactating women and children in the context of the 2017/18 Somalia food crisis. Changes in diet and acute malnutrition were...

26 October 2018

Ecuador CCD Multi-Sectorial Needs Assessment

Report

Ecuador CCD Multi-Sectorial Needs Assessment Key Findings and Advocacy Messages High food insecurity amongst Venezuelan population: 50% had experience moderate to severe hunger in the past months. 23% of PLW had experienced sever hunger. Important proportion of Venezuelans living in public spaces,...

1 October 2018