Programme guidance

The latest good practice tips and guidance for cash based assistance in the Movement

The Movement is continually learning from field practice to gather good practice and develop guidance that can help improve future practice in cash based assistance. Explore this section to access learning from the Movement on how to assess, design, implement, monitor and evaluate cash programmes.

RCM Guidelines for Cash Transfer Programming

These guidelines cover all aspects of the programme cycle, from assessment, design, implementation, to monitoring and evaluation and are designed for field practitoners. These guidelines will be useful both to decide if cash is relevant and feasible as well as to provide practical, step-by-step guidance on how to design and implement a cash programme. These guidelines should be read along with the Roadmaps from the Cash in Emergencies Toolkit as well as other relevant programming guidance. 

RCM Cash Transfer Programming: Guidelines for Mainstreaming and Preparedness

The Movement recognises that to be able to predictably deliver cash based assistance, investments must be made to develop the cash readiness at an organisational level. This guidance therefore provides a step-by-step process for a National Society to work through and outlines a menu of activities through a '4 tracks' approach to become cash proficient. This guidance should be read along with the Roadmaps and Tools in the Preparedness section of the Cash in Emergencies Toolkit. 

RCM Rapid Assessment for Markets: Guidelines

The RAM is an instrument allowing humanitarian practitioners with limited market expertise and time to develop a rapid and basic first understanding of key markets inthe immediate aftermath of a shock. The RAM strengthens response analysis by providing market data, essential for informed decision-making on appropriate transfer mechanisms (i.e. in-kind or cash-based) if relief is to be provided. The tools used in the RAM, such as market mapping tools, can also reveal possibilities for market-support interventions and identify entry points to support market recovery. 

RCM Market Anlaysis Guidance (MAG)

This guidance is a comprehensive complements to the RAM and suggests processes and tools aimed at integrating market analysis into the different phases of the project cycle.  The MAG is targeted at staff and external consultants who have a role in leading market analysis, as well as managers who need to make programming decisions and to implement market-related relief and early recovery interventions. It offers a simple approach to the processes of gathering and analysing market data and making decisions based on such information. Whilst it is therefore relevant for all humanitarian programming it is of particular interest for cash based assistance. 

RCM Cash Transfer Progamming: Engaging National Society Leadership

Advocacy is particularly important around CTP as there remain barriers to CTP due to perceptions and concerns about reputational risk, misuse of cash, corruption and the need for complex monitoring/financial control systems. Moving from more traditional in-kind based responses to cash based responses can also require a shift in thinking and practice that requires ongoing advocacy efforts to ensure National Socities move to routinely consider cash transfer programming as a response option, alongside other forms of response, based on the context, situation, needs and capacities. This guidance provides generic materials that can be adapted to a specific context, to run awareness sessions for senior representatives of a National Society on the nature of cash transfer programming, its challenges and benefits. 

IFRC CTP Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

These provided a structured overview of how cash based assistance is administered through the IFRC and include the roles and responsibilities, procedures and pre-requisites for the various functions involved. 

ICRC CTP Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

The aim of these SOPs is to support and facilitate the set up and implementation of cash transfer and voucher programming within the ICRC by specifying the respective roles and responsibilities, defining the processes involved and minimum documentation required as well as providing key reference materials.

Key mitigating controls for prevention and detection of fraud: CTP Case study

Despite this growing acceptance of CTP as a response option, concerns about misuse and fraud remain an obstacle for many National Societies in adopting cash-based responses. This concern revolves around the risk of diversion of funds due to its greater appeal and discretion compared to its in-kind equivalent. As routine consideration of appropriate CTP becomes increasingly expected by all stakeholders and CTP is identified as a preferred form of support by the affected population, risks of fraud does not necessarily mean that CTP should not be implemented, rather they need to be identified and appropriately managed. This anonymized case study walks through the process of how the IFRC and National Society dealt with fraud in a large, longer-term CTP project that resulted in the continuation of the programme and so provides guidance and learning for any National Society to further mitigate similar risks in other programmes.

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