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.

 

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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10 Jan 2017

Type: Photo gallery

Organisation: ICRC

In Masbate, Philippines, workers take part in a cash for work program to construct a river wall to prevent flash floods and erosion from damaging houses.

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

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12 Dec 2016

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

In Atotsi, Georgia, families received training in business skills, coaching and conditional cash grants to enable them to start small businesses and earn enough income to support themselves.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Europe

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28 Oct 2016

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

"Rations of rice, beans and oil are a precious source of aid, but sometimes people just need money." In Cameroon's Far North province, 500 families displaced by the conflict received cash to meet their basic monthly needs.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Africa

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27 Sep 2016

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

Daw Jhone Zay used her business skills to set up a shop in the IDP camp in Shan State, Myanmar where she lives. ICRC's cash grant helped her build her business, diversifying her inventory and maintaining sufficient stock levels to meet demand.

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

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