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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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Humanitarian Coalition East Africa Drought Appeal: Final evaluation report – Cash programs

Report

In 2011,  suffered from one of the worst droughts in 60 years which left more than 13 million people in need of food, water and emergency healthcare.  Canadian donors contributed $14 million to the Humanitarian Coalition’s joint appeal for East Africa’s drought of 2011. These funds helped to set up...

October 2012

Humanitarian Coalition East Africa Drought Appeal: Final evaluation report

Report

In 2011,  suffered from one of the worst droughts in 60 years which left more than 13 million people in need of food, water and emergency healthcare.  Canadian donors contributed $14 million to the Humanitarian Coalition’s joint appeal for East Africa’s drought of 2011. These funds helped to set up...

October 2012

Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods (EFSL) 48-hour Assessment Tool

Guidelines and Tools

The purpose of the 48-hour assessment tool is to obtain a quick understanding of the emergency food security and livelihood (EFSL) situation within the first few days after a rapid-onset disaster. Initially developed by Oxfam, this tool aims to support response teams to meet requirements in emergencies in...

2012

Cash Transfers in Nairobi’s Slums

Report

In Kenya, a combination of factors led to the food crisis of 2008–9, which put around 9.5 million people at risk of starvation. About 4.1 million of those affected were living in informal settlements (slums) in the capital, Nairobi. Oxfam and Concern Worldwide developed a joint programme to address...

2012

What Cash Transfer Programming can do to Protect Children from Violence, Abuse and Exploitation – Review and recommendations

Report

This discussion paper examines the links between cash transfers and the positive and negative outcomes for children, in particular the role cash transfers have played in protecting children from harm, exploitation, abuse and violence. The objective of this paper is to identify ways in which cash transfer...

2012

Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods (EFSL) 48-hour training materials to print

Guidelines and Tools

Developed by Oxfam and supporting ECB agencies, the EFSL training materials can be used to train participants to confidently apply the ‘48-hour assessment tool’ to assess the impact of a shock/hazard on an affected population’s food security and livelihoods. This resource includes all printing...

2012

Impact Evaluation of Cash, Food Vouchers, and Food Transfers among Colombian Refugees and Poor Ecuadorians in Carchi and Sucumbíos

Report

This report is the final impact evaluation of the World Food Programme’s Food, Cash, and Voucher intervention and contains analysis on outcomes including food security, social capital, anemia, and gender issues. Due to the targeting of Colombian refuges and poor Ecuadorians in Northern Ecuador, it also...

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Cash transfer programming in urban emergencies: a toolkit for practitioners

Guidelines and Tools

In recognition of the increasing urban populations around the world and their increasing vulnerability to disasters, the the CALP Network endeavored to investigate the current status and impact of urban emergency response programs that utilise cash transfer programming. This study aims to better...

2012

Cash Transfer Programming in Urban Emergencies: Tools (Annex 2)

Guidelines and Tools

This file contains the following tools referenced as Annex 2 of the the CALP Network Urban Toolkit: 1. Sample Focus Group Discussion Questionnaire to Establish Urban-Specific Vulnerability Criteria
2. Sample Urban Household Survey
3. Template in PowerPoint of Commodity Market Map
4. Template in PowerPoint...

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