The future of financial assistance: An outlook to 2030 [EN/AR/ES/FR]

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The growing use of cash to meet humanitarian needs is challenging traditional sector and mandate based models, and bringing with it opportunities to work with new partners and tools. With its links to other reforms in humanitarian assistance, such as the push for localisation, participatory approaches, social protection and market based support, cash is being increasingly regarded as a catalyst for positive transformation.

The Future of Financial Assistance report has been developed to ensure this change is driven by what crisis-affected people need and prefer, in a way that maximises the impact of limited humanitarian resources.

Through extensive consultation with actors from across the humanitarian sector and beyond, this report will support the humanitarian sector to:

  • Understand how future trends will provide opportunities to deliver better responses through new instruments and partnerships;
  • Make the most effective use of scarce resources in addressing growing humanitarian need through an evolution of roles and approaches and by addressing political hurdles;
  • Use the knowledge, experience and analysis of cash actors to ensure that broader humanitarian futures thinking will lead to the best outcomes for crisis-affected people.

CaLP is leading the Future of Financial Assistance initiative, with and on behalf of its network. It has commissioned the Inter-Agency Research and Analysis Network (IARAN) to produce this report using its foresight methodology and building on the scenarios in IARAN’s 2016 Future of Aid report. Read more at