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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 and voucher in relief and recovery: Red Cross Red Crescent good practices

Report

A two-page brief giving some examples of the Red Cross / Red Crescent movement’s experience using cash grants, vouchers, and cash-for-work in emergency response.

2011

Delivering Cash Through Cards – A Quick Delivery Guide (screen version)

Guidelines and Tools

A Quick Delivery Guide to delivering money through cards (magnetic stripe or smart cards).  Prepared as a practical tool, this guide provides a brief synthesis of the necessary preconditions and advantages and disadvantages of using cheques.  It also provides practical implementation tips.

2011

Community Recovery Cash Grant: Responding to the shelter, food security and livelihood needs to enableearly recovery of earthquake affected people in Sumatra, Indonesia

Report

This document gives a technical review of the activities and the outstanding issues pertaining to the implementation of Oxfam’s recovery cash grant distribution in response to the 2009 earthquake in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Following the rapid assessment conducted a week after the earthquake, Oxfam has...

2010

Evaluation of Concern’s Post Election Violence Recovery (PEVR) Programme

Report

Concern’s Post Election Violence Recovery (PEVR) Programme was a cash transfer programme operating in areas of Kenya (Nairobi, Nyanza, and the Rift Valley) affected particularly badly by the violence that followed the announcement of the national election results in late 2007. Building on several other...

2010

Final evaluation of Livelihood Projects in the Post tsunami Recovery Operation in Sri Lanka

Report

Spanish Red Cross has wide experience in livelihoods programming mainly in South America and South Africa over the last twenty years.  However the projects that were developed in response to the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami were the first time that the SRC used cash grants as a modality for its...

2010

Guidelines for Cash Interventions in Somalia

Guidelines and Tools

These guidelines are intended for all agencies operating in Somalia to represent a common approach to cash transfer programming for food security and livelihood activities in Somalia. The guidelines outline the minimum acceptable standard for cash interventions and provide the justification for...

2010

From Food Crisis to Fair Trade: Livelihoods analysis, protection and support in emergencies

Report

This document aims to collate and analyse experiences of livelihoods programming in emergencies. It provides an overview of what livelihoods programming is and gives examples of the range of interventions that are possible in emergencies. Different types of livelihoods programmes are then described...

2009

Cash Transfers in Emergencies: The Case of Indonesia and Vietnam

Report

In October 2009, typhoon Ketsana brought heavy rains over Vietnam causing sudden and heavy flooding, which led to considerable loss of lives, shelters and livelihoods. Around the same time, an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck the island of Sumatra in Indonesia causing massive loss of...

2009

Case Study: Indonesia – Sumatra 2009

Report

On 30th September 2009 a series of earthquakes struck West Sumatra, not far from the provincial capital of Padang. 13 out of the 19 districts in West Sumatra province were affected. Between earthquakes and landslides nearly 250,000 houses were destroyed or heavily damaged. This case study examines the...

2009

The use of cash and vouchers in humanitarian crises: DG ECHO funding guidelines

Guidelines and Tools

A brief guide to assist programme staff in writing funding proposals for cash-based interventions. A humanitarian guidance note about cash transfer programming is also available.

2009