Bangladesh is one of the most natural disaster-prone countries in the world and floods, riverbank erosion, cyclones, tidal surge, landslides and tornadoes are common phenomena. National authorities have a significant expertise in providing cash assistance to the vulnerable individuals through social safety-net programs. This includes an unconditional cash assistance programme called the Gratuitous Relief (GR) Cash program that aims to mitigate the impact of natural and man-made disasters for affected persons.
Humanitarian organizations in-country promote both conditional and unconditional cash assistance for humanitarian responses and recovery efforts. Given the growing importance of cash assistance in Bangladesh and the need to speed up assistance, improve its effectiveness, facilitate reporting processes and, complement the Government’s cash interventions, it is crucial to have an agreed Cash for Work (CFW) daily wage rate to support disaster-affected people to meet immediate food security and livelihood restoration supports.