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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 Environmental Implications of Cash Transfers

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In recent years, the use of the “cash” modality in humanitarian programmes has grown exponentially. Some actors also put forward, among others things, their environmental benefits. The main hypothesis being that if items are purchased locally, humanitarian actors will have a reduced carbon footprint....

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UNHCR Cash Assistance and COVID-19: Main Findings from Post-Distribution Monitoring

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UNHCR is pleased to share the report UNHCR Cash Assistance and COVID – 19: Main Findings from Post-Distribution Monitoring (PDM), which provides a summary and analysis of UNHCR’s monitoring data from 13 countries during the pandemic along with detailed examples from country operations including on...

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Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 in Nigeria Using The Household Economy Analysis Framework

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Analysis of impact of COVID-19 on household food and income sources.

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Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 in Mauritania Using the Household Economy Analysis Framework

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Analysis of Impacts of COVID-19 on household income and food security.

1 October 2020

Stepping up CVA with COVID-19: Paving the way we respond to future crisis

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CVA: Your Role as a GBV Coordinator (UNFPA / GBV AoR)

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UNFPA’s Humanitarian Office and the GBV Area of Responsibility have developed this guidance on “CVA – Your Role as a GBV Coordinator,” for GBV coordination group leads and partners in humanitarian settings. Its purpose is to outline the practical ways in which GBV Coordinators should support GBV-...

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Gaza Multi-Purpose Cash Programme: Endline Evaluation

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This report presents the key findings of the pilot Gaza Multi-Purpose Cash Program (GMPC) implemented by Mercy Corps Palestine in the Gaza Strip during 2019-20. The aim of the programme was to allow 1,227 poor and food insecure households to meet their varied basic needs, by delivering three cash...

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Technical note from the Global Health Cluster on methods to include health expenditures in the minimum expenditure basket. The note is meant for cash and cash practitioners alike, working together during the design of the MEB to ensure the health portion is reflected – as it is almost always reported as...

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The Provision of Cash and Voucher Assistance in the Response to the Venezuela Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Findings and lessons learned – Main report

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This study, for which data was compiled between March and April 2020, seeks to document lessons and good practices in the delivery of CVA in Ecuador and Colombia by humanitarian organisations and governments, in response to migrants and refugees from Venezuela. The purpose of this analysis is...

4 September 2020

Summary: Lessons and Recommendations on the Use of CVA for the Caribbean Atlantic Hurricane Season

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This is a summary document of the CALP Network’s Winds of Change: Lessons and Recommendations on the Use of CVA in the Caribbean and includes a matrix of learning and evidence from the region used to inform the report. This document is made possible by the generous support of the American people...

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Multi-purpose Cash Transfers and Health Among Vulnerable Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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This briefing sheet summarizes findings from a research study conducted from May 2018 through July 2019 to evaluate the impact of MPC on health care-seeking and expenditures by Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The study compared approximately 173 households receiving multipurpose cash transfers (MPC) from...

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