CaLP – Cash transfer programming

when a disaster strikes an increasing number of humanitarian organizations are providing affected populations cash or vouchers to help them recover from the shock this approach differs from traditional aid which provides goods such as food hygiene items or shelters following an emergency these cash based interventions allow people to meet basic needs and restart their livelihood in a way that maintains dignity freedom and respect where appropriate cash can be provided through a range of mechanisms enabling beneficiaries to spend as they choose addressing the needs they deem most urgent grants can be delivered as hard currency or to mobile phones bank accounts post offices or remittance companies meaning beneficiaries do not need to stand in long queues to be given whatever goods someone else decides they need the growing use of technologies such as smartphones provides opportunities for a faster and more efficient cash delivery aid can also be delivered via vouchers which can be exchanged for specific goods or services such as food water education or healthcare because money is spent in local markets cash transfer programs also stimulate local economies ensuring money spent on a country stays in that country since 2010 the European Commission humanitarian aid department has been supporting a partnership between the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies the cash learning partnership and the British Red Cross an active member of both organizations the partnership seeks to encourage more organizations to use cash where appropriate and to ensure the humanitarian community has the skills and knowledge needed for effective cash programming as a result of this collaboration the staff of many organizations has been trained research has helped to challenge assumptions and to gather and disseminate evidence of impact and several learning events have been held bringing together government’s humanitarian actors and the private sector to share experience and good practices moreover key donors and agencies have incorporated cash based intervention in their strategies and programs today the full potential of cash programming has not yet been reached more beneficiaries can benefit from cash based intervention to improve the quality of humanitarian responses to achieve this efforts are made to improve the quality of the assessment and the coordination of the various actors we are many already working for this objective and with further support of other donors and organizations and further investment in preparedness we can ensure that aid is delivered quickly and at scale when a crisis strikes the partners will continue to work together and with other organizations to improve the humanitarian sectors capacity to deliver aid to the people who need it the most you

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