Cash in conflict

Cash is used by people to pay for goods and services all around the world. This fact does not change in situations of armed conflict, when having cash in their hands can mean the difference between life and death.

Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) has several significant benefits that are well known, including increasing people’s dignity, power, autonomy and choice in how they manage their survival and recovery. CTP can also offer greater operational flexibility and achieve wider social and economic multiplier effects beyond its specific purpose.

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The ICRC – who have 16,800 staff in over 80 countries, helping people affected by armed conflict and violence – is enthusiastic about the benefits of CTP and realistic about when it is best to use it. Our experience and evidence shows that cash is an essential tool in humanitarian action in armed conflict, and our own operational analysis confirms many of the positive findings from other policy and academic studies.

This section of the Cash Hub aims to share the experience of the ICRC and of those Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working in countries affected by conflict and other situations of violence.

Read the latest report on "Cash Transfer Programming in Armed Conflict: The ICRC’s Experience", to find out about the ICRC’s experience of using CTP in armed conflict.

 

21 Mar 2020

Type: Tool

Organisation: ICRC

French version of a tool with practical recommendations to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through ongoing Cash and Voucher Assistance, inform the adaptation of CVA in the context of COVID-19, and promote sensitivity to evolving markets dynamics.

  • National society cash readiness
  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash and COVID-19

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21 Mar 2020

Type: Tool

Organisation: ICRC

Tool with practical recommendations to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through ongoing Cash and Voucher Assistance, inform the adaptation of CVA in the context of COVID-19, and promote sensitivity to evolving markets dynamics.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash and COVID-19
  • National society cash readiness

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01 Feb 2020

Type: Case study

Organisation: Myanmar Red Cross Society, IFRC

Overview of the Myanmar Red Cross Society’s (MRCS) programmes supported by IFRC in Rakhine. MRCS has been offering assistance to communities in Rakhine since 2012, initially targeting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Multi-year programmes for village-based community resilience commenced in 2015 and livelihoods restoration programmes in 2019.

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies

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01 Jan 2020

Type: Case study

Organisation: BRC, CaLP, USAID, Croix-Rouge de Belgique, Croix-Rouge Malienne

French version of a case study on the impact of CVA on gender dynamics, through the analysis of a pilot project of the Mali Red Cross distributing CVA in Koulikoro and Gao.

  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash in conflict
  • Africa

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01 Jan 2020

Type: Case study

Organisation: Myanmar Red Cross Society, IFRC

This document provides an overview of diversified use of cash transfers as a successful modality to deliver humanitarian assistance to vulnerable population in a protracted crisis in the context of Rakhine.

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash in conflict

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01 Sep 2019

Type: Research

Organisation: ICRC

Feasibility study on the use of cash and voucher assistance in South Sudan which covers access to goods and services, financial systems, market functioning, opportunities, and risks.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Africa

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