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 be mean the difference between life and death.
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. 

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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 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 on “Cash Transfer Programming in Armed Conflict: The ICRC’s Experience“, to find out about the ICRC’s experience of using CVA in armed conflict.

29 October 2022

Is Cash a Good Form of Aid?

Type:

Video

This video from the ICRC video series ‘Your Questions Answered’ highlights the benefits of cash as a fast and effective form of aid.

  • Cash in conflict

27 June 2022

Summary of Social protection programmes, households’ incomes and expenses information for Moldova

Type:

Guidance

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

  • Cash in conflict
  • Ukraine and impacted countries

13 April 2022

Q&A about cash and vouchers assistance for RC volunteers in Ukraine and impacted countries response

Type:

Guidance

Organization:

Cash Helpdesk

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.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Europe
  • Ukraine and impacted countries

17 February 2022

High-Level Dialogue – Global Cash Forum

Type:

Video

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.

  • Cash and localisation
  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • National society cash readiness

9 February 2022

Dignity in Action – Key data and learning on cash and voucher assistance from across the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

Type:

Report

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

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • National society cash readiness

4 February 2022

Using Cash and Voucher Assistance to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence: A Practical Guide

Type:

Guidance

Organization:

ICRC

The guidance on using cash and voucher assistance (CVA) to prevent and respond to sexual violence provides information on how we can use CVA to respond to the needs of and prevent negative coping strategies for persons at risk and victims/survivors of sexual violence. It explains how to establish an emergency and longer-term response by means of CVA and how we ensure good internal coordination and cooperation addressing the needs of persons at risk and victims/survivors of sexual violence.

  • Cash in conflict

In partnership with:

British Red Cross