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.

 

03 Jul 2017

Type: Video

Organisation: ICRC

Video showing risks related to data protection in relation to cash transfer programming.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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12 Jun 2017

Type: Photo gallery

Organisation: ICRC

Haduko who lives in Kenya's drought affected Tana Delta region has just received a cash transfer message on her mobile phone. She makes her way to a mobile money vendor to withdraw the cash

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Africa

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15 May 2017

Type: Photo gallery

Organisation: ICRC

Farmers were hit by successive failed rains that has exacerbated the drought conditions across Somalia. Cash given by ICRC via mobile money has helped Isaaq to buy food for his family and buy seeds in anticipation of the rains.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Africa

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05 May 2017

Type: Video

Organisation: ICRC

The video provides a brief overview of the presentations and discussions that were held during the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Cash Event in Geneva on 1 March 2017.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies

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05 May 2017

Type: Video

Organisation: ICRC

The video highlights the main messages from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Cash Event in Geneva on 1 March 2017.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies

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10 Mar 2017

Type: Photo gallery

Organisation: ICRC

Thérèse opened a restaurant in November 2016 thanks to her business acumen and ICRC's financing program, which gave her a cash grant of USD 120 to invest in her business.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Africa

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