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.
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 May 2022
Guidance notes on Cash Transfers in Livelihood Programming – learning workshop in Dakar (Oct 2015)
This documents shares lessons learned on the context in West Africa, makes references to practical examples, and highlights details of cash transfer programmes for livelihoods. These guidance notes are intended primarily for those involved in the design and implementation of programs that include cash transfer components as part of livelihood support.
4 April 2022
Market stakeholders and their roles in CVA interventions
Organization:Danish Red Cross, Nepal Red Cross Society
This case study looks at the importance of identifying market stakeholders and their roles in successful CVA interventions for livelihoods in Nepal.
24 January 2022
Guidelines on Cash Transfers and Livelihoods – learning workshop in Guatemala City (Nov 2015)
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.
25 May 2021
Video on the Household Economic Security (HES)
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.
10 May 2021
Lessons Learnt Brief: Improving targeting for urban food banks, Social Protection in Namibia
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.
26 February 2021
Household Economic Security (HES) guidelines
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.
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