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Sector-specific Cash and Voucher Assistance

As part of a sector-specific intervention, such as helping people affected by crises to access healthcare, or rebuild their livelihoods, cash and voucher assistance (CVA) may be provided as part of a package. But each sector requires different skills and considerations to ensure CVA is used and monitored effectively.

CVA can help people in crises address their needs within a specific humanitarian sector, such as water, food, health, shelter, livelihood, or protection. Sector-specific CVA can be restricted or unrestricted, and conditional or unconditional, and will typically be provided as part of a comprehensive package which may also include in-kind and service-based assistance.

Each sector has to consider different questions, challenges, advantages and risks when it comes to supporting people’s recovery within their area of expertise. This requires evidence, tools, guidance and capacity. Meeting sector-specific outcomes through CVA also requires a multi-sectoral understanding of needs and of household economic security – see Multipurpose Cash Assistance. While some sectors are very experienced in implementing CVA and have done so for many years, others are now catching up. Most humanitarian sectors are committed and have been increasing their efforts on sector-specific CVA. The Global Cluster Coordination Group (GCCG) is also coordinating cross-cluster work to improve the sectoral used of CVA.

Current priorities

The CALP Network works closely with the cash technical groups/task teams within the global clusters, who have been defining their 2020 priorities and workplans during their regular meetings. A general overview and specific details of these priorities across each global cluster is available here.

Latest

Global Education Cluster Note on the use of CVA for EiE in COVID-19 context

Policy paper

Guidance document on the use of CVA for Education in Emergencies in COVID-19 contexts. This note is intended to provide additional insights for education clustercoordinators on the potential uses of CVA for EiE in the current COVID-19 pandemic response under the GHRP COVID-19

22 April 2020

Cost-Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness Study of UNICEF “Cash Plus” Interventions in Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Policy paper

The combination of basic services delivery and cash transfers is known among humanitarian practitioner as “cash plus”. This approach represents a solid comparative advantage for UNICEF considering its footprint in basic services delivery as well as its commitment to scale up humanitarian cash...

7 April 2020

Cash and Voucher Assistance for Health Outcomes

Webinar recording

The Global Health Cluster, the CALP Network, CARE, IRC and KIT organized a webinar on CVA for health outcomes. The aim of the webinar was to enhance participants’ learning of the use of CVA to address financial barriers to healthcare and improve access to Health with research and projects to date. The...

2 April 2020

Guidance Note on The Role of Cash and Voucher Assistance to Reduce Financial Barriers in the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, in Countries Targeted by the Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19

Guidelines and Tools

The reality is that often people still have direct and indirect healthcare expenditures. This paper will explore different options to address these, and where to consider CVA options. The paper will also give general guidance to other sectors on how to apply epidemic mitigation measures while maintaining...

April 2020

Looking into 2020: short overview on global clusters, CVA and the CALP Network

Presentation

Overview as 2020 begins: • Significant progress and commitment from all global clusters on integration of CVA into their work.
• Significant interest in different regions and by some donors on sector-specific CVA.
• Challenges that remain:            o Dialogue: 1) Ensuring CVA specialists...

30 March 2020

Somalia Cash Working Group (CWG) 3W

Guidelines and Tools

Spreadsheet for tracking activities undertaken by the Somali Cash Working Group partners

2020

Cash Transfer Programming and Child Protection in Humanitarian Action: Review and opportunities to strengthen the evidence

Report

As prevalence of cash transfer programming in humanitarian response has grown, so too has the recognition that the child protection sector must learn how to use case transfer programs to achieve better results for children. This report summarizes the evidence for cash transfer programming and child...

10 October 2019

How Cash-Based Approaches affect Nutrition Outcomes: Case Studies from World Vision cash programmes in Bangladesh and South Sudan

Report

Case studies South Sudan & Bangladesh – analysis of how different modalities meet their basic needs with flexibility and dignity, esp. contributing to improved nutrition outcomes. Factors such as spending patterns, availability of nutritious food in markets, dietary changes & coping strategies, transfer...

June 2019

How Cash-Based Approaches Affect Nutrition Outcomes – Guidence Note

Guidelines and Tools

Based on the case studies from South Sudan and Bangladesh, this summary guidance provides advise on use of CVA for improved nutrition outcomes in vulnerable children, emphasising recommendations to ensure that:
– as part of design and targeting, there is improved consideration of nutrition needs in MEB...

June 2019