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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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Webinar Recording: Launch of ECHO Cash Thematic Policy

Webinar recording

This is the recording of the launch of ECHO’s Cash Thematic Policy, which provides guidance to DG ECHO partners and staff on the use of cash transfers. The launch event had the following objectives: Highlight key elements of the policy – emphasising what’s new. Equip a wide cash audience on how to...

13 April 2022

The Use of Cash Assistance in DEC’s Coronavirus Appeal: Key Learning, Best Practices and Recommendations

Report

The purpose of this report is to provide insight into the learnings, future improvements and best practices in cash programming. The 2020 DEC Coronavirus Appeal was analysed to determine the opportunities for collective learning about cash programming. The countries investigated include, Afghanistan,...

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

Linking Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance to Long-Term Solutions: Key Findings and Recommendations from the Iraq CWG Workshop November 2021

Report

Large-scale Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) has been provided in Iraq since 2015 to assist people who are affected by conflict to meet their basic needs. Humanitarian actors view MPCA as the most appropriate response modality in Iraq and a major component of the Humanitarian Response Plan...

16 March 2022

Financial Services In The Uganda Refugee Response – An Assessment Of Users’ Perspectives

Report

This assessment of user experiences and perspectives on digital financial services and assistance mechanisms aims to inform actors in Uganda’s humanitarian response and other stakeholders. The data collected is representative at the settlement level for refugees and at district level for refugee hosting...

4 March 2022

Uganda Refugee Response Cash And Voucher Assistance (CVA) User Perspectives – Research Brief

Report

This brief presents the summarised findings of the study on Financial Services and Humanitarian Mechanisms in the Uganda Refugee Response: An Assessment of User Perspectives in Uganda.
The assessment intends to inform actors and key stakeholders in Uganda’s refugee response about peoples’ existing...

4 March 2022

Linking MPCA to longer-term solutions in Iraq: Strategic and operational revision workshop

Report

The CWG in Iraq organized a 2-day workshop to discuss strategic and operational components and revise the MPCA approach, in line with the transitional context to durable solutions. This is a report with the summary and key decisions taken during the workshop and it can serve as a case study on linking...

3 February 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