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.

Latest News

Webinar: Cash and voucher Assistance in Protracted Crisis – From a MENA Perspective (21st Feb)

As part of of the ongoing efforts to enhance our collective understanding and response to humanitarian crises and CVA response in the MENA Region, we are pleased to invite you to attend the upcoming webinar on “Cash Assistance in Protracted Crises | MENA Region”.

The webinar aims to provide insights into the importance, challenges, and best practices surrounding cash assistance interventions in prolonged humanitarian emergencies and protracted crisis in collaboration with Yemen Red Crescent Society and Iraqi Red Crescent Society.

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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 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 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…


6 April 2022

Global Cash Forum Report

Type:

Report

Organization:

British Red Cross, Cash Hub, ICRC, IFRC, Turkish Red Crescent (Türk Kızılay)

The Global Cash Forum, co-hosted by the Cash Hub and Turkish Red Crescent, was a virtual event involving a series of five Regional Sessions: Asia Pacific, Middle East and North…

  • Africa
  • America
  • Asia-Pacific
  • cash

19 June 2021

Intersectoral Vulnerability Study: the Vulnerability Conditions of Refugees in Turkey

Type:

Research

Organization:

IFRC, Turkish Red Crescent

The Intersectoral Vulnerability Study assesses the severity of humanitarian conditions of the refugee population in Turkey, building on a tailored analytical framework, a representative sample at regional and group level and the latest methodological developments in intersectoral analysis.

  • Europe
  • Middle-East / North Africa
  • Vulnerability and targeting – Cash in Turkey

30 April 2021

Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) – monthly report March 2021 (Issue n.12)

Type:

Infographic

Organization:

Turkish Red Crescent (Türk Kızılay)

Short overview of programmatic highlights and achievements from March 2021, as well as information on the use of cash and recipients in Turkey where the ESSN programme has been supporting about 1.8 million refugees a month.

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

8 February 2021

Guidance for Mainstreaming Cash and Voucher Assistance Cash Preparedness for Effective Response – Chapter 1: CVAP Areas

Type:

Tool

Organization:

RCRCM

This guidance is intended for NSs at the country level, but can also be used by other components of the Movement. The document includes suggestions on what actions or domains are required under each of the five key CVAP Areas. A separate chapter has been written with adaptations for ICRC delegations investing in CVAP (see “Chapter 2 – ICRC CVAP Guidance”).

  • Africa
  • America
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash in conflict

16 December 2020

Analysis of the small-scale fisheries market system in Aden: rich fisheries, poor fishing communities, Yemen – Economic Security Programme

Type:

Tool

Organization:

ICRC

This document reports on main findings related to the small-scale fisheries market analysis in Aden, and gives strategic recommendations to the ICRC delegation in Yemen.

  • Cash and markets
  • Cash in conflict
  • Middle-East / North Africa

11 June 2019

Cash for Livelihoods in Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence

Type:

Case study

Organization:

ICRC

This case study report elaborates on the details, outcomes, successes, difficulties and recommendations from an ICRC/BRCS Cash for Livelihoods project since 2015.

  • Africa
  • America
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash and livelihoods

In partnership with:

British Red Cross