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.

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1 January 2020

Delivering Humanitarian Assistance in Rakhine through Cash-based Interventions

Type:

Case study

Organisation:

Myanmar Red Cross Society

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

1 September 2019

Feasibility Study on South Sudan Cash and Voucher Modalities

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

1 July 2019

Cash and Voucher Assistance – Economic Security

Type:

Learning

Organisation:

ICRC

A brief introduction to how the ICRC provides people with emergency relief and support their long-term economic recovery through cash and vouchers.

  • Cash in conflict

1 July 2019

Improving Lives and Livelihoods Through Cash Transfers: A Humanitarian Assistance Project in Maungdaw Township, Rakhine – Myanmar

Type:

Learning

Organisation:

IFRC

Brief overview of a one-year project implemented by MRCS with multi-lateral support from IFRC, which started in November 2018 to recover livelihoods of populations affected by violence in Maungdaw Township.

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

11 June 2019

Cash for Livelihoods in Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence

Type:

Case study

Organisation:

ICRC

This case study report elaborates on the details, outcomes, successes, difficulties and recommendations from an ICRC/BRCS Cash for Livelihoods project since 2015.

  • Africa
  • America
  • Asia-Pacific

28 April 2019

Workshop report: Middle East and North Africa regional Movement Cash and Vouchers assistance workshop

Type:

Learning

Organisation:

ICRC

Report of the Middle East and North Africa regional Movement Cash and Vouchers (CVA) assistance workshop that took place on 25-28 April.

  • Middle-East / North Africa
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash in conflict

In partnership with:

British Red Cross