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Tracking Cash and Voucher Assistance

We have committed to strengthening the scale and quality of cash and voucher assistance (CVA), but to measure our progress against this commitment, we must agree to a shared approach to collecting and analyzing data.

Grand Bargain signatories committed to increase the use of CVA, and to use common markers to measure these increases. Although the volume of CVA is beginning to be more effectively tracked, technical and policy challenges remain. These include:

  • Defining what data to collect, and how
  • Ensuring commitment to and use of data categories and systems
  • Addressing shortcomings of existing reporting systems which have often not been designed to include or disaggregate cash, vouchers, and other modalities
  • Reaching common agreement on standard categories for reporting to avoid incomplete and inconsistent data.

Current priorities

From 2017 to 2019, CaLP co-led the Grand Bargain Cash sub-workstream on Tracking CVA with DG ECHO, with the main objective of agreeing minimum requirements for tracking CVA. This includes the integration of CVA into key interagency reporting systems and platforms, namely OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS) and HPC Project Module, the International Aid Transparency Initiative’s (IATI) Data Standard, and 3W (Who does What, Where) reporting. The sub-workstream on Tracking CVA has now been merged into the Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money sub-workstream, which CaLP will continue to co-lead.

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Measuring Cash Transfer Programming – Scoping study

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Measuring Cash Transfer Programming – Scoping study – Executive Summary

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This is the Executive Summary of the study. The full report can be also be accessed through the library.

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Cost-Effectiveness in Humanitarian Work: Cash-Based Programming

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Cash Coordination in Humanitarian Response – NGO Position Paper

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Tracking Cash & Voucher Programming Workshop

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The Tracking Cash & Voucher Workshop, convened by CaLP and DG ECHO, was held on June 6th 2018. The main objectives of the workshop, as defined by the co-leads, were as follows: Provide a forum to identify best practices and understand mutual objectives regarding measuring Cash and Voucher Programming...

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Cash Transfer Programming in Armed Conflict: The ICRC’s Experience

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Money is the main means of survival for most people around the world. That remains the case in situations of armed conflict, when having cash to buy essential goods can mean the difference between life and death.
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