Author: Marcella Willis
Strategic Impact Advisors, September 2016
The Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN) launched research to build an evidence base around connecting emergency electronic transfer (e-transfer) recipients with additional financial services. They wanted to learn if, when, and how e-transfers can promote sustained uptake and use of e-transfer services, including mobile money.
The objective of this tool is to help humanitarian agencies at the country level better prepare for emergency response using cash transfers. This tool aims to guide humanitarian organizations to preposition cash transfer services and implement partnership (framework) agreements with FSPs by assessing:
Cash and vouchers have been used in drought response interventions in Kenya for some years. Early warning indicators have triggered crisis payments via the Hunger Safety Net Programme; cash for assets interventions have reached thousands of households and a myriad of cash and voucher programmes have been implemented in urban and rural areas.
The preparation of this paper involved reviewing multiple reports and drawing together lessons, recommendations and observations which could be of value to agencies using cash and vouchers as part of a drought related response in Kenya. The reports which were reviewed considered the use of cash and vouchers in drought related responses in urban and rural areas; they included short and long term responses by a variety of agencies and using various payment methods.
To give a little context:
This framework provides a consolidated summary of the major commitments and recommendations made to improve cash transfer programming† in humanitarian response during 2015 and 2016. It aggregates the core content of: the Grand Bargain, ECHO’s 10 Principles, the High Level Panel report, the Strategic Note on Cash Transfers and the Agenda for Cash. It is neutral across high level policy questions about approaches to cash transfer programming. The framework is designed to enable a consistent approach to implementing commitments and monitoring progress.
With the aim of helping the humanitarian sector to improve beneficiary’s data protection, CaLP is now launching in partnership with the UNHCR the course “E – transfer and operationalizing beneficiary data protection”. The purpose of this course is to assist humanitarian practitioners to take the necessary steps to operationalize the protection of beneficiary data in programmes using electronic transfers, or e-transfers.