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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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The Provision of Cash and Voucher Assistance in the Response to the Venezuela Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Findings and lessons learned, Executive summary

Report

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...

23 July 2020

Collaborative Cash Delivery Network – Grand Bargain – Collaboration Agreement Accomplishments 2020

Report

The Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) Network is pleased to present its achievements against the commitments made by our global members’ CEOs at the 2019 Grand Bargain Summit as part of our global collaboration agreement. We know we are better together, and in this time of increasing pressure on the...

24 June 2020

Interim Guidance note on the role of Cash and Voucher Assistance to reduce financial barriers in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in contexts targeted by the Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19

Guidelines and Tools

This paper provides general guidance on identifying financial barriers, and considering supply side financing options and complementary CVA within the broader response interventions to Covid-19.

1 June 2020

Introduction to Market Based Programming in Emergency WASH

Webinar recording

The recordings of webinar are available in English , Spanish, French, and Arabic. The webinar was co-hosted by the Global WASH Cluster, PRO-WASH and the CALP Network in May and June 2020. The webinar introduced how market based programming can be used in emergency WASH, provide an overview of...

June 2020

Examples and Good Practices on the Use of Multi-Purpose Cash in the Food Security Sector

Guidelines and Tools

This global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) document was produced by the Cash and Markets Working Group (CMWG) to highlight the role and engagement of food security actors through different country experiences and good practices.
In recent years, multi-purpose cash (MPC) has been adopted more widely to...

1 June 2020

Cash-for-Health Standard Operating Procedures Medair Jordan

Guidelines and Tools

In November 2015, Medair initiated a cash-for-health (C4H) programme in Jordan as a way for vulnerable Syrian refugees to overcome the financial barriers to accessing healthcare in Jordan. A set of standards to deliver C4H has been developed based on past programme experience and this document...

19 May 2020

Unity Card

Presentation

In response to NCOVID, we have launched UNITY CARD,
which gives immediate technical support to the deployment of cash aid via this special card payments

18 May 2020

3 things to know about … Integrated Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) and Child Protection (CP) during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidelines and Tools

This interactive tip sheet highlights why, what and how to integrate CVA and CP during the Covid-19. It provides key programmatic elements and links to relevant resources to inform the design and implementation of integrated programming. The tip sheet was developed to address most of the questions raised...

4 May 2020

COVID-19: A chance to empower citizens through social protection

Report

Billions of US$ are now being distributed to citizens by governments to stave off deteriorating economic impact and rising poverty from COVID-19. The unprecedented pandemic demands an unprecedented government response. More than 126 countries have already introduced or adapted social protection or labour...

1 May 2020

Introduction to Market Based Programming in Emergency WASH

Webinar

29 April 2020 / English

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

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