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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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The Future of Financial Assistance – Executive summary

Report

The growing use of cash to meet humanitarian needs is challenging traditional sector and mandate based models, and bringing with it opportunities to work with new partners and tools. With its links to other reforms in humanitarian assistance, such as the push for localisation, participatory approaches,...

19 November 2019

Cash Assistance in Lebanon: Accountability to Affected Populations

Report

The international humanitarian response to the devastating Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon has grown steadily since 2011 and, today, cash and voucher assistance (CVA) comprises over a third of this assistance. The World Food Programme (WFP) started implementation of its multi-purpose cash (MPC) programme...

29 October 2019

Multi-Purpose Cash Transfer ‘Plus’: Maximizing impact on children through integrated cash-based programming

Report

In 2018, with the support of OFDA and FFP, Save the Children implemented a multi-purpose cash transfer ‘Plus’ program in response to the influx of Venezuelan into Colombia. The program aimed at covering vulnerable household’s basic needs and prevent them from resorting to negative coping strategies,...

19 October 2019

An ABC for MPC: What multipurpose cash can and cannot do

Blog Post

Terminology Matters From cash coordination workshops in Dakar to market-based programming sessions in Geneva, anyone who has ever discussed cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in a meeting can tell you that terminology is a challenge – especially when it comes to multipurpose cash. However, speaking the...

16 September 2019

It’s Planning Season Again – What CVA actors need to know about changes to the Humanitarian Programme Cycle

Blog Post

This time last year we wrote a planning season call to arms, urging Cash Working Groups (CWGs) and Clusters to work together for better inclusion of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in the Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP). Well planning season has rolled around again, this time with some significant...

30 August 2019

Cash Enthusiast’s Guide to Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week

Blog Post

The fifth Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) will be held at the International Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland from 4-8 February 2019.

1 February 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

Child safeguarding for cash and voucher assistance guidance

Guidelines and Tools

As cash and voucher assistance (CVA) becomes ever more prevalent it is more important than ever for humanitarian and development actors to act to prevent and mitigate associated child safeguarding risks.
Children are particularly vulnerable, and even more so in emergencies. The impact of CVA on...

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

2019

Unblocked Cash Pilot Full Report

Report

This full report details the project scope, impact and learnings from the Unblocked Cash pilot in Vanuatu. The project was delivered in partnership with Oxfam Australia and ConsenSys, with funds from the Australian Government, and utilised a stablecoin, Dai, as the underlying value .

2019