Browse by Theme: Cash Transfer Programming

During 2016/17, a national liquidity crisis hit Zimbabwe which meant physical cash was scarce. At the same time, Zimbabwe was experiencing a food security humanitarian crisis following two consecutive droughts.

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Delivering aid as cash is fast becoming recognised as one of the most important ways to help crisis affected citizens and the communities around them. The CaLP and Accenture State of the World’s Cash Report, launched today, will be the first attempt to document just how far cash programming has come in terms of the quantity and quality. It is a critical time to see what the future of humanitarian aid looks like.

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A case study on using a community-based, participatory approach to target the most vulnerable in Zimbabwe’s cash-first response.

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This study, based on experiences and data in three countries (Zimbabwe, Niger and Ethiopia) where CARE has delivered cash transfer programmes, analyses the extent to which receipt of cash contributes to resilience.

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This study, drawing on monitoring and evaluation data for CARE cash transfer programmes in three countries (Zimbabwe, Niger and Ethiopia), provides analysis and recommendations on how the impact of CTPs on resilience can be better measured.

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Having finished up a week of intense discussions on cash programming in Geneva earlier this month, I have to say that even I, a cash advisor who is avidly passionate about cash-based programming, am all “cashed out!” However, there is one major takeaway from the Global Cash Forum that I can’t help thinking about. I was struck by how much the discussion about how best to deliver cash at scale efficiently and effectively dominated the whole day – and for good reason.

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Based on the experience of delivering the first large-scale humanitarian cash programme in Zimbabwe, this briefing paper argues that even during a liquidity crisis, cash transfer programming can still be a feasible option, giving people greater freedom and dignity of choice during times of crisis.

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