Emergencies and Early Action
In recent years, early action has emerged as a promising approach to mitigate the impact of disasters and crises before they occur. One key element of anticipatory action is the use of cash transfers as a tool for early response. In times of crises, getting the right resources to those in need is crucial.
Cash in Emergencies
Cash in Emergencies focuses on cash assistance programming in the immediate aftermath of a sudden onset disaster. Explore this page for case studies, lessons learned and other informational materials on cash assistance in emergencies. Watch the short video How the Red Cross uses Cash in Emergencies below to find out more.
Cash and Early Action
Anticipatory action seeks to reduce the negative impact of disasters by providing assistance to populations before a forecasted disaster occurs. Disasters are often predictable, and the science used to forecast them is increasingly reliable. Through the effective use of forecasts, risk analysis and early-warning information, it is now possible to put in place the actions and financing required to act before a disaster hits.
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What is Early and Anticipatory Action?
19 January 2018
Resilience solutions: exploring social protection linkages to forecast-based financing
This brief explores one aspect of how social protection can support better climate risk management and increase climate resilience by anticipating and dealing with shocks before they happen.
23 August 2017
Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action
Organization:ICRC and Brussels Privacy Hub
This Handbook was published as part of the Brussels Privacy Hub and ICRC’s Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project. It is aimed at the staff of humanitarian organizations involved in…
12 June 2017
Kenya: Cash assistance is putting more than just food on the table
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…
15 May 2017
A crucial lifeline is restoring dignity for drought-affected families in Somalia
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…
10 March 2017
Burundi : Thérèse, a mother and widow, launches her restaurant “The Umbrella”
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.
10 January 2017
Philippines: Conflict-affected families rebuild their communities through cash-for-work
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.
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