Ciara O'Malley

Ciara O'Malley

Role: Senior Cash and Markets Advisor

Team: Humanitarian team


My role is to support the growth of cash-based programming in CARE, as well as ensuring CARE is continuously enhancing the quality of our cash work. This includes sharing our learning, knowledge and experiences with other humanitarian stakeholders, as well as learning from others.

The humanitarian system has traditionally been grounded in the provision of in-kind aid and services. However, there is a growing body of evidence that shows at times, providing disaster-affected people with cash can be more effective at meeting needs, supporting the recovery of the local economy, more timely and be more cost-efficient. I work with our teams, as well as external stakeholders, to grow that understanding of “why cash” and “when cash”. My specific interests lie in cash operational modalities, coordination, quality cash programming, gender and cash, linking humanitarian cash-based responses with development programmes and social safety nets, how cash can support the strengthening of disaster resilience and market systems.

Previous to joining CARE in January 2017, I worked with HelpAge, Oxfam and Trócaire (Caritas Ireland). I’ve managed or supported the delivery of cash-based responses in a range of humanitarian crises which includes South Sudan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Nepal, Myanmar, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.


Blog posts

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

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