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.

 

14 Jun 2016

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

Kavitha is a widow who lost her husband to the conflict. She opened a small grocery store with her cash grant from ICRC, and is now able to cover her daily household expenses and save for her children’s future.

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

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30 May 2016

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

A cash for work programme in Beddawe, Lebanon, renovates apartments where refugee families are living. The Ahmad family is the first of many refugee families to benefit; with the new apartment and the cash he’s saving, Mahmoud hopes he can improve his children’s future.

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

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20 May 2016

Type: Video

Organisation: IFRC

This video offers an overview of cash assistance, which supports people affected by humanitarian crisis with dignity, and shifts power back to the people.

  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash in conflict

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10 Jul 2015

Type: Video

Organisation: Logistics Cluster

This video explains the concept behind cash, voucher and market assistance, which is rapidly becoming a modality of choice for humanitarian programmes engaged in market strengthening activities to aid recovery, and stimulate trade to support affected populations

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies

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09 May 2015

Type: Video

Organisation: British Red Cross

Ahmad and his family are Syrian refugees living in Jordan. Like many other families, Red Cross cash grants help them pay for essentials like rent and food for their children.

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

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05 Mar 2015

Type: Video

Organisation: IFRC

Markets play a central role in the lives and livelihoods of people. Market assessment and analysis should be an integral part of emergency needs assessment to best identify the most appropriate response and to ensure we do no harm to the very people we are trying to support.

  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash in conflict

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