Community of Practice

MENA Cash Community of Practice (CoP)

Welcome to the online hub for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Community of Practice. This space provides an overview of CVA activities and initiatives in the region, and hosts key resources. To access all resources for the MENA region, click here

Below you will find key resources, learning and information related to CVA activities and initiatives in the region, including the IFRC Regional CVA Roadmap; priority areas and activities of the MENA CoP, including proceedings of its monthly meetings; a space for the MENA Cash Centre of Excellence (CCoE), including information on its programmes and activities; along with case studies and learning produced by National Societies across the region.

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MENA Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Exchange Programme 

The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Exchange Programme brings together MENA region National Society professionals who play lead CVA roles in order to provide a dynamic space enabling in-person sharing of experiences, best practices, challenges and lessons learned from CVA programming.  

Each round of the programme is hosted by a National Society in the region, and attended by participants from other participating NS, allowing visitors to learn about the CVA programming and experience of the host NS, and for all participants to exchange with and learn from each other. 

MENA CVA Mentoring Programme 

The MENA CVA mentoring programme, run in collaboration with the Cash Hub’s Cash School, pairs practitioners with experienced mentors for a 6-month tailored learning journey in a specific area of CVA. With a focus on quality, empowerment and professional encouragement, mentors provide advice, guidance and remote technical support. 

Start your journey to becoming a more confident and competent CVA practitioner today!

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to ccoe.mena@ifrc.org

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MENA Cash Community of Practice (CoP) 

The MENA Regional CVA Community of Practice (CoP) brings together the CVA technical focal points from MENA National Societies, along with other Movement partners working in the region. 

The main objective of the CoP is to foster a platform and space for technical coordination, information management, collaboration and peer-to-peer exchange and support on CVA activities, experiences and lessons learned among Movement partners in the region. The CoP works in furtherance of the IFRC MENA CVA Regional Roadmap, and in alignment with the strategic priorities within the IFRC’s Strategy 2030 and Agenda for renewal, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement CVA Strategic Framework.  

The CoP’s activities are facilitated by the IFRC’s MENA Regional CVA Coordinator. 


MENA Cash Centre of Excellence (CCoE) 

The MENA Cash Centre of Excellence (CCoE) was established in 2021 as a regional resource, piloting the Centre of Excellence concept under shared leadership, with the overall vision to support CVA strengthening of National Societies in the MENA region, in alignment with the IFRC’s MENA CVA Regional Roadmap.

The Centre supports regional capacity strengthening, knowledge management, learning and evidence, and advocacy on CVA, including facilitating peer-to-peer exchanges, and offering an innovative mentoring programme for MENA regional CVA practitioners.

The Centre is hosted by the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC), under the umbrella of and working in close coordination with the IFRC, and with support from the British Red Cross and the Movement’s Cash Hub.

Cash Assistance in Yemen: Mohammed and Nima’s stories

Cash assistance is considered one of the most effective way of addressing the variety of needs of affected people, as it promotes the freedom to choose and determine their own needs in terms of food, drinking water, health care, school fees, and improving housing and shelter. 23.4 million people inside Yemen are in dire need of humanitarian protection (according to INGOs) and suffer from poverty, difficult economic conditions, and lack of job opportunities. A pilot cash transfer project was designed and implemented by YRCS in Amran governorate of Eyal suriah district.


Syria earthquake response: Find the latest resources

3 July 2023

SARC Post Distribution Monitoring Survey

Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM) Survey conducted by SARC in the February 2023 post-earthquake response

3 July 2023

SARC Multisectoral Market Assessment

This document outlines the purpose and process of the rapid market assessment conducted by SARC in the February…

3 July 2023

SARC CVA Earthquake Intervention Plan 2023

This document outlines procedures and steps needed to implement the cash and voucher interventions in relation to the…


21 August 2023

Key learnings from applying the CVAP methodology in fragile contexts: The case of Yemen

Type:

Case study

Organization:

Cash Hub, ICRC

This case study looks at National Society CVA preparedness, taking key learnings from applying the CVAP methodology in fragile contexts in the case of Yemen. This case study is a…

  • Cash in conflict
  • Middle-East / North Africa
  • National society cash readiness

17 August 2023

Cash for work to construct and rehabilitate the WASH facilities

Type:

Case study

Organization:

Cash Hub, IFRC

This case study provides an overview of the WASH project and the use of CfW (Cash for Work) to construct and rehabilitate WASH facilities in the camps in Iraq. It…

  • Cash and WASH
  • Middle-East / North Africa

27 July 2023

MENA CVA Mentoring Programme flyer

Type:

Announcement

Organization:

Cash Centre of Excellence, Cash Hub

Join our Cash Centre of Excellence and Cash School Mentoring Program to advance your skills in delivering Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) effectively in humanitarian crises.

  • Middle-East / North Africa

27 July 2023

MENA CVA Mentoring Programme brochure

Type:

Announcement

Organization:

Cash Centre of Excellence, Cash Hub

Find out more about the Cash Centre of Excellence and Cash School Mentoring Program aimed at advancing your skills in delivering Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) effectively in humanitarian crises.

  • Middle-East / North Africa

27 July 2023

MENA – CVA Risk Register

Type:

Guidance

This document identifies and assesses potential CVA risks in MENA region that may affect a project or an organization and can provides insight to the project managers to make informed…

  • Middle-East / North Africa

20 July 2023

MENA CCoE: Peer-to-Peer Exchange Programme report

Type:

Report

Organization:

Cash Centre of Excellence

Report of the second Peer-to-Peer Exchange Programme coordinated by the MENA Cash Centre of Excellence. This exchange visit was hosted by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, with guests from the…

  • Middle-East / North Africa

In partnership with:

British Red Cross