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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 or Coupons? Testing the impacts of cash transfers versus vouchers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Report

Despite the increased use of conditional and unconditional cash-transfer programs worldwide, a majority of social protection programs in both developed and developing countries use in-kind transfers and vouchers. This paper reports the results of a randomized evaluation of an unconditional cash transfer...

2013

An Innovative way of Humanitarian Assistance using Mobile Money Transfer in Bangladesh

Presentation

A video detailing Oxfam’s use of mobile money transfer in Bangladesh.

2013

Cash Emergency Preparedness (CEP) Assessment: Myanmar

Policy paper

Cash transfer programming (CTP) in emergencies is not new in Myanmar, with the first examples going back at least to Cyclone Nargis in 2009. CTP has also been used in humanitarian settings such as Kachin State. However, CTP is not yet being widely used for the current conflict context in Rakhine State due...

2013

Impact Evaluation of Cash and Food Transfers for the Seasonal Emergency Safety Net in Hajjah and Ibb Governorates, Yemen Endline Report

Report

This report is the final impact evaluation of the World Food Programme’s Cash and Food transfer program in Yemen. The program operated in Hajjah and Ibb governorates within the larger Emergency Safety Net (ESN), which provides assistance to qualifying households in rural Yemen. The report details the...

2013

Enhancing WFP’s Capacity and Experience to Design, Implement, Monitor, and Evaluate Vouchers and Cash Transfer Programmes: Study summary

Report

With support from the Government of Spain, and in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) evaluated four pilot projects to assess the comparative performance of cash transfers, food payments, and vouchers on household food...

2013

Livelihood Coping and Recovery from Disaster: The case of coastal Bangladesh

Report

Bangladesh has a long history of coping with and recovery from disasters. Although climate extremes are increasingly taking huge tolls especially in the southwestern part of the country, households are resisting the negative outcomes of these events eventually. This research explores the livelihood...

2013

Nepal USAID-BEST Analysis

Report

During the months of July-August 2013, the Bellmon Estimation Studies for Title II (USAID-BEST) team undertook a study of the current state of agricultural markets in Nepal to inform USAID food assistance programming decisions. This USAID-BEST Analysis provides an overview of local markets,...

2013

Markets dynamics and financial services in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands

Guidelines and Tools

The Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) team of WFP recently finalised a market study on the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya. The study explores market dynamics and financial service access for pastoral communities. This executive summary shortly presents the findings of this study. The...

2013

Cash Preparedness in Senegal: Cash Transfer Mechanisms

Report

Recognizing the growing importance of cash-based responses in humanitarian interventions and building on its own experience of implementing cash transfer programs through local partner organizations in Senegal in 2010 and 2012, Oxfam America sought to hire a consultant to determine the most feasible...

2013