Browse by Theme: Cash Transfer Programming

On 4th August 2020, one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history devastated large parts of the Lebanese capital. At least 200 people lost their lives, over 300,000 were left homeless and the blast caused an estimated US$15 billion in damage. Three months on, CARE’s Emergency Shelter Advisor – one of the first CARE staff to deploy during the global pandemic – shares five lessons on responding to a complex crisis in the time of COVID-19.

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Cash support in times of crisis can keep markets functioning, keep money flowing to small businesses that desperately need it, and save lives and livelihoods at the same time – because it means people can get what they need, when they need it. As a woman in Bangladesh told us: “People are unable to go out for working. People are having difficulty getting their daily necessities. We are being told to wash hands frequently. We are having trouble buying necessary items as it is, how will we afford handwashing soaps? … In this case, cash support might be more helpful.”

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A practice brief based on the multi-country study What does gender-sensitive cash and voucher assistance look like?, this briefing presents six key findings from the research.

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This multi-country, participant-led study asked women, and the men in their communities, what gender-sensitive cash and voucher assistance means to them. From the research we were able to define the elements of gender-sensitive cash and voucher assistance that work, and make recommendations for CARE's work.

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Ongoing conflict and drought mean millions of people in Somalia and Somaliland have found themselves in humanitarian crisis. Cash and voucher assistance programs (CVA) serve as a key modality for agencies providing support. As well as meeting basic needs, recent studies have shown that cash assistance also impacts gender-based violence. Women and girls in Somalia report that CVA can reduce their risk of rape, physical assault, and sexual harassment.

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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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