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.

 

10 Sep 2018

Type: Research

Organisation: ICRC

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 people have in such situations.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Africa

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01 Aug 2018

Type: Research

Organisation: Humanitarian Outcomes, British Red Cross, Kenya Red Cross

This research has the goal to further the evidence base on whether and how humanitarian cash transfers can foster the financial inclusion of crisis affected people focusing on two Kenya Red Cross projects in Kilifi and the Tana Delta where cash was delivered using M-Pesa.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Africa
  • Cash technology

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01 Aug 2018

Type: Research

Organisation: Humanitarian Outcomes, British Red Cross, ICRC

This research has the goal to further the evidence base on whether and how humanitarian cash transfers can foster the financial inclusion of crisis affected people through a review of a “cash for livelihoods” programme implemented by ICRC in Nigeria.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Africa
  • Cash technology

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06 Apr 2018

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

"Times were tough when I couldn't find work." But all that changed after Mr Majid received a cash grant as part of a programme to help people living in south-eastern Bangladesh become self-sufficient.

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

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22 Mar 2018

Type: Video

Organisation: British Red Cross

Mr Al Sheikh used to be a teacher. “We didn’t need support. We didn’t even know what support was in Syria,” he says. Then he and his family had to flee for their lives to Lebanon. Red Cross cash grants now help pay their rent.

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

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01 Feb 2018

Type: Learning

Organisation: Humanitarian Outcomes, British Red Cross, IFRC

Findings from two case studies commissioned by the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Kenya and Nigeria, to examine whether humanitarian cash programmes can contribute to financial inclusion for crisis affected people.

  • Africa
  • Cash technology
  • Cash in conflict

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