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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.

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Cash & Voucher Lessons Learned Workshop OFDA/ DG ECHO

Report

An overview of discussions of the Cash & Voucher Lessons Learned Workshop OFDA/ DG ECHO – Niamey 09 &10 Dec 2010 Jan Eijkenaar and Sigrid Kühlke, DG ECHO Dakar RSO, Dakar, 13/12/2010.

2011

External Evaluation: Fresh Food Voucher Project by Action Against Hunger in Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya

Report

The town of Dadaab in North Eastern Kenya is home to three refugee camps: Hagadera, Dagahaley and Ifo hosting over 240,000 people. The camps were established in mid-1992 after the closure of the Liboi camp, which was too close to the Kenya/Somali border to ensure adequate security. Continued insecurity in...

2011

DG ECHO perspectives on Cash Transfer Programming

Presentation

A presentation accompanying the CALP Network global learning event, Bangkok 16th February 2011, covering the following topics: DG ECHO position on the use of Cash &Vouchers (C&V) Trends in funding C&V projects Using C&V at scale: the case of Haiti Capacity building priorities

2011

The CALP Network 4th Global Learning Event: Global Innovations and Lessons Learned from Response in South and South-East Asia (Final Report)

Report

The 4th the CALP Network Global Learning Event was held in Bangkok, Thailand on the 16th and 17th February 2011, hosted by the CALP Network in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).  This inter-agency event was designed to present the latest...

2011

The use of cash transfers in emergencies the CALP Network Kenya

Presentation

A presentation by the CALP Network as part of the Food Security & Nutrition Working Group Central & Eastern Africa, from Nairobi, 11th August 2011. This presentation addresses the use of cash transfers in emergencies, and focuses on the HoA drought response strategies.

2011

Final evaluation of Livelihood Projects in the Post tsunami Recovery Operation in Sri Lanka

Report

Spanish Red Cross has wide experience in livelihoods programming mainly in South America and South Africa over the last twenty years.  However the projects that were developed in response to the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami were the first time that the SRC used cash grants as a modality for its...

2010

Responding to High Food Prices: Evidence from a Voucher Programme in Burkina Faso

Report

In February 2009, WFP launched its first food voucher operation in Africa, to address food security in an urban environment where food is available but beyond the reach of many because of high food prices. Vulnerable segments of the population, who were spending most of their budgets on food, risked...

2010