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09 Nov 2018 description

The objective of the Minimum Standard for Market Analysis (MISMA) is to guide the work of humanitarian practitioners across sectors and to ensure that, irrespective of the tool used, the key standard of market analysis is being met. By supporting high-quality market analysis, the MISMA intends to contribute to improving response analysis and programme implementation. The MISMA covers five key actions to ensure the quality of market analysis.

08 Oct 2018 description

Opinion: For cash transfers to work, we can't ignore gender

"We know that gender inequalities mean that disasters and conflicts affect populations differently. As humanitarian actors, we must carefully consider the ways emergencies can exacerbate women’s and girls’ existing vulnerabilities and create new risks for all, including men and boys. If we do not, we risk delivering responses that are ineffective — or worse still, harmful.

We are only just beginning to understand the relationship between gender and cash transfer programming, or CTP.

12 Sep 2018 description


While conflicts between states have declined dramatically in past years, conflicts within states – frequently involving non-state actors – are on the rise. The result is human displacement, leaving millions of people with few opportunities, limited access to services and an uncertain future.

05 Sep 2018 description
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Part 2: How-to Guide & Tools

The Basic Needs Assessment (BNA) is a multi-sector needs assessment approach that can be applied in both sudden onset and protracted emergencies, but that – in the present edition – has been piloted only in two protracted crises, namely in Borno State (North-East Nigeria) and in Fafan zone (Somali region of Ethiopia). The approach took inspiration from ECHO’s Basic Needs Framework for Integrated Response.

18 Jul 2018 description

01 Introduction

In January 2017, an estimated three million people were in crisis as a result of droughts in Somalia. Humanitarian agencies scaled a huge cash based response, delivering cash transfers to a peak of 3.36 million people in May 2017, and disbursing an average of $44 million each month from May to August 2017.

Meanwhile, in Turkey, refugees who had fled conflict in Syria were able to support their families’ basic needs with cash transfers delivered as part of an Emergency Social Safety Net, established in 2016 with a fund of $348 million.

11 Jul 2018 description

Social protection has been the latest buzzword in the aid world – with good reason. In the State of the World’s Cash report, linking humanitarian cash transfers and social protection systems was identified as a critical debate. Currently, the majority of humanitarian action takes place in protracted crises, many of which experience recurrent and increasingly severe shocks, as a result of both conflict and natural disasters.

05 Jul 2018 description


Define what market support programming in humanitarian contexts is and what it can look like in practice.

Enable humanitarian practitioners to consider market support interventions from the outset by highlighting the potential benefits of market support programming alongside or independently of other programme activities.


Technical specialists across sectors Project/programme managers Donors Business development specialists Proposal writers


20 Jun 2018 description

The Grand Bargain Cash Meetings: what did we learn, how are we doing, where next?

06 Jun 2018 description

A report of the Cost Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness workshop held on 9-10 April and organized by USAID, IRC and CaLP. The recommendations of the workshop was fed into the Grand Bargain cash workstream.

31 May 2018 description
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Author: Laura Gordon

This scoping study explores technical and policy issues that are constraining progress towards better measurement and reporting of Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) and addresses these to identify ways forward. The study was developed with the following objectives:

23 Apr 2018 description

The State of the World’s Cash Report launched by CaLP in February 2018 highlights trends in the uptake of various operational models for the delivery of cash at scale in humanitarian response.

03 Apr 2018 description

In the period since CaLP produced its first glossary in 2011, the scale and variety of cash transfer programming (CTP) has expanded significantly, and brought the engagement of a wider and more diverse community of practice. These changes have also been reflected in an evolving understanding and use of some definitions, and the introduction of multiple new terms into the cash transfer programming lexicon.

28 Feb 2018 description
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In recent years, the use of cash transfer programming (CTP)1 in humanitarian assistance has grown significantly.

29 Nov 2017 description

The Facilitator’s Guide for the basic-needs based Response Options Analysis and Planning (ROAP) is a step-by-step guide comprising tools and templates to carry out a multi-sectoral response analysis and planning of response options, in a sudden-onset or chronic crisis.

The ROAP is intended as a structured decision-making process, which brings together and draws from the information generated by the Basic Needs Analysis (BNA) (as well as other needs assessments) and the analysis operational environment (see The ROAP within the Humanitarian Programme Cycle).

29 Nov 2017 description

The Basic Needs Analysis (BNA) is a multi-sector needs analysis approach that can be applied in both sudden onset and protracted emergencies. The methodology comprises the Guidance (this document) presenting the conceptual BNA framework and related processes, and a Toolbox, which includes tools, templates, training materials, and examples drawn from its first pilot, in Borno State(Nigeria).

26 Sep 2017 description

Cash-based assistance has emerged an evidence-based means of meeting humanitarian needs within and across sectors of humanitarian response, since the Sphere Handbook 2011 edition was published. Here is how the upcoming edition of the Handbook will incorporate the subject.

By Isabelle Pelly (*)

11 Aug 2017 description


This report summarises current developments in Cash Transfer Programming (CTP), as captured at the recent Global Cash Forum, held in Geneva in June 2017.

In recent years, CTP has emerged as one of the most significant innovations in humanitarian response. Major donors and agencies have made public commitments to increase its use, for instance through the Grand Bargain. Now, work is under way to build the sector-wide capacity to turn those commitments into action.