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. Practices in MBP in the Water Sub-sector (GWC)
  2. Practices in MBP in the Sanitation Sub-sector (GWC)
  3. Practices in MBP in the Hygiene sub-sector (GWC)
  4. Practices Related to the Use of MPC for WASH Outcomes (GWC)
  5. MBP for WASH Evidence Mapping (GWC)
  6. UNHCR Cash for latrines (GWC)
  7. UNHCR Cash Based Interventions for WASH Programmes in Refugee Settings (GWC)

Search results

1 August 2020

Integrating cash transfers to COVID-19 response: building community resilience in Rakhine

Type:

Case study

Organisation:

IFRC

This case study gives an overview of the Community Resilience Program (CRP), a multi-year resilience programme integrated with the COVID-19 response, to support community-led actions for prevention and mitigation of socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 in central Rakhine.

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash and COVID-19
  • Cash and wash

1 July 2020

Cash Interventions: Key Learnings and Reflection – Myanmar Red Cross Society’s Cash Programmes in Central Rakhine

Type:

Learning

Organisation:

BRC

This paper summarises the findings of a study dedicated to reflect, analyse and learn from a Cash and Voucher Assistance programme implemented in the Rakhine state from 2014 to 2019 by the Myanmar Red Cross Society.

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash and wash
  • Cash in conflict

14 May 2018

Using CVA for menstrual hygiene (Tool 5/ Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Emergencies)

Type:

Tool

Organisation:

IFRC

This tool provides key assessment questions and considerations for using CVA for menstrual hygiene (MH), examples of how CVA could be used for MH, a Minimum Expenditure Basket table to define and calculate the value of the grant/voucher, and a form to collect information from local markets key information related to MH items available.

  • Cash and wash

7 May 2018

After Action Review – WASH E-voucher Pilot Saida, Lebanon

Type:

Evaluation

Organisation:

Lebanese Red Cross

After Action Review on the Lebanese Red Cross' piloting of an e-voucher project using Red Rose’s data management and assistance delivery platform to provide hygiene items to Syrian refugees.

  • Cash and wash
  • Cash technology
  • Middle-East / North Africa

17 March 2013

Evaluation of the WASH/PHAST and Cash for Work component of the project “Emergency and Early Recovery assistance to people affected by Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines”

Type:

Evaluation

Organisation:

ECHO

The main objective was to document the success, gaps and lessons learnt of the intervention aimed to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene conditions of 7,000 affected households. WASH activities addressed immediate water needs and focused on early recovery activities, including re-establishing water supplies and environmental sanitation, using Cash for Work (CfW) when appropriate.

  • Cash and wash