Cash in Humanitarian Principles

WEBINAR: Are Cash Transfers Transforming Humanitarian Assistance? Field Perspectives

Cash in Humanitarian Principles
June 02, 2016 Leadership

The humanitarian system is under intense pressure. The number of people affected by crises is increasing at a faster rate than resources are being provided to meet the needs.

Humanitarian partners need to look at more efficient and effective ways to make limited humanitarian aid budgets go further. It has been demonstrated in many contexts that giving aid directly in the form of cash, is both an effective and efficient way to maximise the impact of humanitarian assistance. However, a recent multi-partner study identified that only six per cent of total humanitarian spending actually goes on cash.

The use of cash in humanitarian response has many benefits. It maintains dignity, provides affected people with the ability to prioritise their own needs, stimulates local economies and gets assistance to people rapidly. It also reduces the overheads involved in delivering relief items.

This webinar looks at the mechanisms and modalities of cash assistance, with a particular focus on how cash was planned and implemented following the Ghorka earthquake in Nepal. During this session, we also introduce discussions on the possibilities for expanding the role of cash assistance in the future 


Jamie McGoldrick, Nepal’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator

Peter McGeachie, South Asia Regional Director for Help Age International 

Rita Dhakal, DanChurchAid, representing the Association of International NGOs in Nepal

Rosie Jackson, Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) Technical Advisor

Tim Waites, DFID’s Senior Livelihoods and Disaster Resilience Advisor.

Date: October 8th 2015.

Infographic based on Help Age International Case Study



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