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.

5 January 2023

Stories of Change: Cash stories from The Philippines

Type:

Case study

Organization:

Philippine Red Cross

Stories of Change: Cash stories from the Philippines Cash Working Group (PCWG) provides insight into the Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) of the Philippines Red Cross Society, particularly as a modality of assistance for disasters and emergencies.

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash and COVID-19
  • Cash and livelihoods
  • Cash and shelter

14 November 2022

Stories of Change: Cash Case Stories from The Philippines

Type:

Case study

Organization:

PCWG, Philippine Red Cross, WFP

Stories of Change: Cash stories from the Philippines Cash Working Group (PCWG) provides insight into the Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) of various humanitarian organisations, including Philippines RC, particularly as a modality of assistance for disasters and emergencies.

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash and COVID-19
  • Cash and livelihoods
  • Cash and markets

13 October 2022

Case study: Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) and livelihoods during COVID 19 pandemic in The Gambia

Type:

Case study

Organization:

Livelihoods Centre, Spanish Red Cross, The Gambia Red Cross

This case study from The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS), in close collaboration with Spanish Red Cross (SpRC), provides insight on the implementation of CVA activities in The Gambia to address the impact of the pandemic on livelihoods. Considering women are more likely to be hardest hit economically by Covid-19 since they are usually more engaged in low-paid, insecure jobs and the informal economy, a gender lens has been applied in the concrete design and implementation of this programme.

  • Africa
  • Cash and COVID-19
  • Cash and livelihoods

29 July 2022

Tip sheet: Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) in Recovery

Type:

Tool

Organization:

Cash Hub, IFRC

This guidance provides technical tips and considerations to apply when using CVA to support recovery as well as programme examples of when CVA has successfully promoted recovery

  • Cash and livelihoods
  • cva

24 May 2022

Guidance notes on Cash Transfers in Livelihood Programming – learning workshop in Dakar (Oct 2015)

Type:

Learning

Organization:

CaLP

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.

  • Africa
  • Cash and livelihoods

4 April 2022

Market stakeholders and their roles in CVA interventions

Type:

Case study

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.

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash and livelihoods
  • Development programme