Cash and WASH

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities are key to ensure people have access to their basic needs during and after a disaster.

Cash assistance can be used to restore access to Water and Sanitation and restore Hygiene practices of communities. For example, cash assistance can be provided to incentivise the building of latrines or other essential sanitation services, to purchase hygiene products, or to pay for water utilities. Below you can find out more about the work of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in this field, accessing different resources related to cash and wash.

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The Cash and Wash Technical Working Group of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, has created a site dedicated to this topic which can be accessed clicking here.

For practitioners interested in the use of cash and voucher assistance to support WASH outcomes, some essential resources can be found on the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) website.

The IFRC Watsan Mission Assistant shares a range of resources related to WASH, which can be accessed clicking here. The Watsan Mission Assistant page dedicated to cash is under development and can be found here.

Key documents:

External resources:

  1. Evidence-building for cash and markets for WASH in emergencies  – Summary of findings (GWC)
  2. Practices in MBP in the Water Sub-sector (GWC)
  3. Practices in MBP in the Sanitation Sub-sector (GWC)
  4. Practices in MBP in the Hygiene sub-sector (GWC)
  5. Practices Related to the use of MPC for WASH Outcomes (GWC)
  6. MBP for WASH Evidence Mapping (GWC)
  7. Cash for latrines (UNHCR)
  8. Cash Based Interventions for WASH Programmes in Refugee Settings (UNHCR)
  9. Market-based Programming in WASH – Technical Guidance for Humanitarian Practitioners (GWC)

25 March 2022

Cash and WASH Technical Working Group, 2021 Yearly Report

Type:

Report

Organization:

IFRC

The Cash and WASH Technical Working Group was created in October 2020 represented by members of National Societies, IFRC and ICRC. 2021 was a year of great achievements by all its members and this annual report showcases some of the progress and learnings from the technical working group.

  • Cash and WASH

18 March 2021

What does “Cash” mean for WASH Outcomes?

Type:

Learning

Organization:

RCRCM

Short overview document intended for both WASH and cash practitioners as well as programme managers who want to understand and explore how cash and voucher assistance can support WASH outcomes.

  • Cash and WASH
  • Cash in emergencies

26 January 2021

Cash and WASH Technical Working Group in a Nutshell

Type:

Learning

Organization:

RCRCM

Brief overview of the Cash and WASH Technical Working Group.

  • Cash and WASH

7 October 2020

Recording of Webinar 12

Type:

Video

Organization:

Cash Hub

Recording of the 12th Webinar of the Cash Hub Series focusing on how Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) has been used to achieve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Objectives .

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

7 October 2020

Cash Hub Webinar 12: Slides

Type:

Learning

Organization:

Cash Hub

A series of slides used during the 12th Webinar of the Cash Hub series with information on how Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) has been used to achieve Water, Sanitation and Hygieone Promotion (WASH) Objectives.

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

7 October 2020

Cash Hub Webinar 12: Q&A Response

Type:

Learning

Organization:

Cash Hub

A document answering a series of questions produced during the 12th webinar on the use of CVA in response to COVID-19, focusing on how Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) has been used to achieve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Objectives.

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