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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

CaLP 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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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

The Potential of Cash-Based Interventions to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Report

The study on The Potential of Cash-Based Interventions to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment sought to explore how CBIs can contribute to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE), as ends in themselves and for food security and nutrition outcomes. Where changes in GEWE...

February 2019

The Potential of Cash-Based Interventions to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment – Summary Report of the Multi-Country Study

Report

The study on The Potential of Cash-Based Interventions to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment sought to explore how CBIs can contribute to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE), as ends in themselves and for food security and nutrition outcomes. Where changes in GEWE...

February 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

Guide to Cash and Voucher Assistance and Gender-based Violence Resources

Guidelines and Tools

This one-page guide helps practitioners understand how three complementary resources on support the integration of CVA and GBV prevention, mitigation and response to strengthen humanitarian response. It aims to help users make decisions on when to use each resource at different stages of work and...

2019

Syria Quarterly Humanitarian Response (Q1 January to March 2019)

Report

Summary of the humanitarian aid delivered to beneficiaries in Syria during Q1 2019

2019

Cash transfer Programmes – Impact on Stunting and Financial Inclusion

Report

This report focussed on evidence published in the last ten years (since 2009) on cash transfer programs’ impact on stunting and financial inclusion. The importance of maternal education on stunting emerged from the literature and warrants further investigation, which was outside the scope of this...

2019