Cash Transfer Assistance in Humanitarian Crises: What works?

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This executive short course has a dual objective to build students’ practical skills to design, implement and monitor projects using Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) as well as build their critical and reflexive skills on the topic of cash and voucher assistance.

In recent years, CVA has emerged as a key game changer in the way humanitarian assistance is implemented, especially as CVA is becoming a common modality to deliver relief. The use of cash and vouchers is not new, and examples date back to the 19th centuries. However, CVA has only become mainstream recently. Despite this global favourable environment, 7 out of 10 humanitarian organisations report having difficulties finding staff with this skill set.

Objectives of the course

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the different cash and market related concepts and terminologies;
  • Discuss the state of cash-related evidence and current Global policy dialogues triggered or encompassing CVA;
  • Decide if cash and voucher assistance is an appropriate modality to cover sectoral or multi-sectoral needs in a given humanitarian context;
  • Identify output, outcome and process related indicators to measure the success of a project using cash as its delivery modality;
  • Discuss the extent to which the increased uptake of cash and voucher assistance is shaking up the overall humanitarian coordination architecture;
  • Assess the comparative risks cash can pose or expose especially in light of data protection and AML/CT regulations.


Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:

  • 20 hours of face-to-face teaching over a consecutive 5-day period including lecture, debate, group work and role play.
  • 30 hours of self-study time including e-learning, reading, self-reflection.

Structure of the course

The course will adopt a thematic approach, with each of the five day tackling a specific theme:

  • Day 1: Concepts, terminology, global policy dialogues on CVA and CVA Feasibility
  • Day 2: Sectoral & multi sectoral evidence, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Day 3: Calculating the transfer value and choosing the delivery mechanism
  • Day 4: Risk Management, Data protection and compliance vis a vis Anti Money Laundering and CT regulations
  • Day 5: Operational models to deliver CVA, Value for Money and Cash coordination

Fee information

Course fees are 1,500 CHF. This does not cover living or travel costs.

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