Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT)

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Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) establish common principles and process for managing cash transfers among UN agencies that have adopted the approach across all countries and operational contexts. This course describes the principles and processes of HACT and how they work in UNICEF.

Learning objectives

HACT is a common operational framework for transferring cash to government and non-government implementing partners. This course will focus on the principles, processes and implementation of HACT. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define HACT, explain its objectives and identify the key revisions of the 2014 HACT framework
  • Identify the key elements of HACT and explain their corresponding processes
  • Describe UNICEF specific requirements and staff responsibilities for HACT implementation


This course is meant for all UNICEF staff responsible for managing results and resources in relation to cash transfers to implementing partners. It may also serve other UN colleagues and partners to familiarize themselves with the HACT framework.


It should take you about 90 minutes to complete the course.


This course is designed with application of problem-based learning (PBL), which is a student-centered pedagogy in which learners learn about a subject through the experience of problem solving. Inside the module, learners will learn new concepts through a variety of instructional strategies such as quizzes, a short case study, games and more. There is a final assessment at the end of the course.


The course is composed of course introduction, 3 chapters on HACT and course assessment. Each chapter starts with learning objectives and ended with summary.

Course introduction

Chapter 1. Introduction to HACT

Chapter 2. HACT processes

Chapter 3. HACT in UNICEF

Course assessment

Contact details

Slavi Nikolov, Programme Specialist (HACT), Field Results Group, snikolov@unicef.org

Silvia Chiarucci, Programme Specialist, Field Results Group, schiarucci@unicef.org

Munday Makoko, Programme Specialist (HACT), Field Results Group, mmakoko@unicef.org

How to register

This course is free and open to all on Agora, UNICEF's global hub for learning and development at:


New to Agora? Agora is UNICEF’s Global Hub for Learning and Development. Agora already offers direct access to a great diversity of self-learning opportunities in a searchable catalogue, as well as services such as learning plans, personal records of learning or electronic badges and certificates. Many more activities will be added over the coming months, including local and regional initiatives.

All UNICEF staff (incl. consultants and interns) have a profile on Agora, linked to their organizational account. New users are encouraged to check the Agora Quick Start Guide to learn about basic features of the portal.

Come in to find out more at https://agora.unicef.org