Cash in Conflict
Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) 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. CVA can also offer greater operational flexibility and achieve wider social and economic multiplier effects beyond its specific purpose.
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 be mean the difference between life and death.
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 CVA 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 below to find out more about the ICRC’s experience of using CVA in armed conflict
10 September 2018
Cash Transfer Programming in Armed Conflict: The ICRC’s Experience
ICRC’s experience and evidence show that cash is an essential tool in humanitarian action in armed conflict and a valuable option in responding to a wide range of the needs…
23 January 2023
Present and Engaged: How the ICRC responds to armed conflict and violence in cities
This document provides an overview of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s experience in responding to the impact of war and violence in cities and recommends areas for humanitarian actors to focus on when seeking to improve their own responses.
29 October 2022
Is Cash a Good Form of Aid?
This video from the ICRC video series ‘Your Questions Answered’ highlights the benefits of cash as a fast and effective form of aid.
27 June 2022
Summary of Social protection programmes, households’ incomes and expenses information for Moldova
Organization:Cash Helpdesk, Cash Hub, Cash Hub, Cash Hub
A summary of social protection programmes, households’ incomes and expenses information, to provide practitioners involved in the response to Ukraine refugee crisis with a general social protection context information
13 April 2022
Q&A about cash and vouchers assistance for RC volunteers in Ukraine and impacted countries response
This question and answer (Q&A) sheet for volunteers working with cash and vouchers assistance (CVA) aims to help answer the questions of National Society volunteers and staff regarding the use of CVA as a modality, rather than provision of in-kind goods and services.
17 February 2022
High-Level Dialogue – Global Cash Forum
Organization:Cash Hub, ICRC, IFRC
Recording of the High-Level Dialogue that took place during the Global Cash Forum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on the 10th of February 2022.
9 February 2022
Dignity in Action – Key data and learning on cash and voucher assistance from across the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement
Organization:Cash Hub, ICRC, IFRC
Drawing on learning from across the world, this report focuses on six key messages for advancing Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) in the Movement: 1. Measuring the transformation benefits of CVA 2. CVA Preparedness 3. Localisation of Cash; National Society Leadership 4. CVA and Social Protection 5. Cash, Digital Technology and Data Sharing 6. Cash in Conflict
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