E-payments can make the delivery of cash disbursements more secure, cost- effective, faster and more convenient. In the context of humanitarian crises, digital payments offer recipients choice and can help stimulate the local economy. To fully realize the benefits of new technologies and achieve scale, guidelines on the relationship between humanitarian and private sector actors to deliver digital payments must be developed.
CaLP is leading a process to aggregate and analyse the key commitments and recommendations from the major global processes undertaken recently, including the the Grand Bargain, ECHO’s 10 principles on cash, the High Level Panel on Cash, , Commitments, calls for action from the Agenda for Humanity reflected in CaLP’s Agenda for Cash, to develop a practical framework for action.
This framework summarises the actions the humanitarian sector has committed to take to use cash in the most effective, efficient and appropriate way possible.
3rd January 2017
London, United Kingdom - As the global partnership for cash transfer programming in humanitarian aid, the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) takes issue with recent criticisms of cash transfers made by Nigel Evans MP and in the media.
Marie Leduc, Ricardo Pla Cordero, Pierre Mercier, Handicap International
Miriam Guastalla, Cash Learning Partnership
Motivated by the recurrent occurrence of typhoons on the archipelago, Oxfam partnered with Visa Worldwide Limited, financial service providers, local authorities, vendors and regulators to design a ready for deployment perennial e-transfer solutions in the Philippines. Maria Theresa Niña Espinola-Abogado, Project Manager, describes the key innovative aspects of the system.
How was a solution based on prepaid cards identified as the most appropriate delivery mechanism?
The increasing use of cash transfers for the delivery of humanitarian assistance over the past decade and more has been accompanied by efforts to document these interventions and to generate evidence as to their impact and effectiveness. A huge amount of documentation on this subject now exists, including that which has been made publicly available, and information held by agencies involved in cash transfer programming (CTP).
In West Africa, expertise and experience in the field of CTP has developed considerably over the past few years. However, the increase in the number of initiatives and new actors has largely been concentrated on the response to chronic food crises. The impact of the Ebola virus epidemic which emerged at the end of 2013, has not yet been fully absorbed. In order to deal with the first epidemic of this magnitude in the region, the medical teams were at the front line of the response and CTP was mainly implemented in the recovery phase.
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.