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.
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.
- Putting people at the centre using CVA – Progress in mainstreaming the use of cash and vouchers in ICRC
- “Doing no harm” in the digital age: What the digitalization of cash means for humanitarian action
- ICRC Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action where a specific chapter (ch 9) exists for cash
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
4 February 2022
Using Cash and Voucher Assistance to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence: A Practical Guide
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.
17 November 2021
Progress in mainstreaming the use of cash and vouchers in ICRC operations (2017–2021)
This report focuses on the use of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in ICRC activities to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence, sharing information on the growth in the use of CVA and an overview of different CVA programmes and measures to minimise risks commonly associated with this modality.
20 October 2021
Localisation and Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) – Cash Hub panel discussion recording
As part of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Planet:Red Summit, the Cash Hub hosted a panel discussion to explore how CVA, and specifically cash preparedness can help to strengthen National Societies and contribute to more locally-led humanitarian action.
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