Cash and livelihoods

Livelihoods encompass the capabilities, assets and activities required to make a living. Ensuring that vulnerable households have sustainable livelihoods increases their access to a stable income, as well as their dignity, resilience, and ability to be active in society. Livelihoods support helps people affected by crisis to build more sustainable means of living, develop skills and gain greater access to opportunities.

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Cash assistance can be an effective way to protect, restore, or enhance livelihoods which enable people to become self-sufficient and improve wellbeing for current and future generations.

Learn about the work of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in this field by accessing different resources related to cash and livelihoods below.

For more information on livelihoods, visit the Livelihoods Centre, hosted by the Spanish Red Cross and IFRC.

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24 January 2022

Guidelines on Cash Transfers and Livelihoods – learning workshop in Guatemala City (Nov 2015)

Type:

Learning

Organization:

CaLP, Livelihoods Centre

This documents shares lessons learned on the context in Central America, makes references to practical examples, and highlights details of cash transfer programmes for livelihoods. It also refers to various key documents on cash transfers and livelihoods.

  • America
  • Cash and livelihoods

25 May 2021

Video on the Househould Economic Security (HES)

Type:

Video

Organization:

BRC

This short video gives and overview of how HES findings are a useful tool for selecting and identifying vulnerable groups for inclusion into a variety of programmes, based on their food and income sources and capacity to withstand livelihood related contextual risks.

  • Cash and livelihoods
  • Video

10 May 2021

Lessons Learnt Brief: Improving targeting for urban food banks, Social Protection in Namibia

Type:

Learning

Organization:

BRC, Namibia Red Cross Society

This document outlines lessons learnt from the collaboration between Namibia Red Cross Society and Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare to revise urban food bank eligibility criteria in peri urban Khomas Region using the household economic security (HES) approach in June 2019.

  • Cash and livelihoods
  • Cash and social protection

26 February 2021

Household Economic Security (HES) guidelines

Type:

Tool

Organization:

BRC

An updated version of the Household Economic Security (HES) guidelines has recently been launched by British Red Cross. To read more and download this guidance document, the analytical overview and the HES glossary click on the link below.

  • Cash and livelihoods

15 July 2020

Recording of Webinar 6

Type:

Video

Organization:

Cash Hub

Recording of the 6th Webinar of the Cash Hub series which focused on how livelihoods and economic security are an essential aspect to adapting CVA programmes to COVID-19.

  • Cash and COVID-19 webinar series
  • Cash and livelihoods

15 July 2020

Cash Hub Webinar 6: Q & A Response

Type:

Learning

Organization:

Cash Hub

A document answering a series of questions produced during the 6th webinar on the use of cash and markets in response to COVID-19, with focus on livelihoods and household economic security.

  • Cash and COVID-19 webinar series
  • Cash and livelihoods