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.
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.
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
SCOPE OF THE TIP SHEET
A total of 22 participants from Government, various donor agencies, INGOs and the Red Cross movement (annex) attended this half day learning event to reflect on the use of cash in the drought response in Kenya in 2017/18 and consider how cash coordination might be strengthened in future.
This short report brings together the thoughts and reflections from the meeting.
The Grand Bargain Cash Meetings: what did we learn, how are we doing, where next?
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.