Ep. 5: A Short History of Cash and Voucher Assistance
In this episode we take a look back over the evolution of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and then leap forward to explore where it’s going next.15 years ago, the use of CVA was still seen as a fringe activity limited to a small number of scattered projects. Even 6 years ago, it made up less than 8% of international humanitarian assistance. In the last few years, growth has been rapid. It is now an essential part of almost every response and accounted for a very significant one fifth of international humanitarian assistance in 2019. With CaLP’s 15th anniversary only recently behind us, Karen Peachey, CaLP’s Director is joined by a panel of guests to discuss what’s changed in CVA and to share their hopes and fears for the future. Each guest has played a key role in the journey of CVA and collectively and have a wealth of insights to share. Discussions touched on many themes including: How cash rose from the fringes to arrive in its more established position today, The role that evidence has played for CVA especially in comparisons to in-kind The role of key governmental, political and humanitarian allies in advancing the growth of cash The tendency to wrap CVA up in a language of innovation when fundamentally it is about enabling people impacted by crisis to be the agents of their own recovery The need to work better with both private sector and humanitarian partners An aspiration for the future to truly devolve power to people affected by crisis Guests: Dr Jemilah Mahmood has been a key player in some of the big political developments around cash. She is currently serving as the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health. Before that, she was Under-Secretary General at IFRC and led the Secretariat of the World Humanitarian Summit, where humanitarian actors were urged to ask “why not cash, and if not now -- when”. Sarah Bailey has been instrumental in building the evidence base for cash. She is currently WFP’s Head of Programme in Barbados, and previously worked for ODI, generating much of the most influential evidence around the effectiveness, efficiency and transformational potential of CVA. Nigel Timmins has been a key player in building and supporting the partnerships and networks that have helped cash to grow. He is the Humanitarian Director of Oxfam International, and served at the Chair of CaLP’s Board, for four years before stepping down in 2019. Zehra Rizvi has been a passionate and motivated cash advocate from the start of this journey. She is a CVA and social protection specialist and currently works for UNICEF in the MENA region. Before that, she has worked on cash with many organisations and as an independent consultant. She was also a member of CaLP’s first Steering Committee in 2008 representing the British Red Cross. Our guests join us to share their own thoughts and experiences and are not acting as spokespeople for any particular origination. Keep an eye out for a blog summarising the discussions which will be published on the CaLP website: https://www.calpnetwork.org/blog/
15 Apr 2021
Ep. 4. How to link social protection and humanitarian CVA: What do we really know and where to start?
In this episode of the CashCast, we explore how to Link Social Protection and Humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance. We recorded this episode following the release of the High-Level Briefing Paper on Linking Social Protection and Humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance - https://bit.ly/3ibPBxb. The panel examined the different contexts in which efforts are being made to link CVA and social protection, the good practices evolving out of these contexts, and the complexity of operating in crisis contexts.Our guests and host included:Julie Lawson-McDowall (host) - Knowledge Management and Research Coordinator at CaLPPaul Harvey - Researcher and consultant at from Humanitarian OutcomesDaniel Longhurst - Researcher and consultantRachel Sabates-Wheeler - Development Economist at The Institute of Development StudiesOrhan Hacimehmet - Cash response Coordinator at the Turkish Red CrescentIf you have any questions please contact us - https://www.calpnetwork.org/about/contact/
29 Sep 2020
Ep. 3. What does the future of financial assistance mean for your work today?
Last year CaLP published the Future of Financial Assistance report, laying out potential scenarios for humanitarian action in 2030. But in a rapidly changing environment, what does this mean for humanitarian actors right now? In the latest episode of the CashCast we speak to Meg Sattler from Ground Truth Solutions, Lars Peter Nissen from ACAPS, and Jenny Caswell from GSMA about the changes we should be seeing today, to effectively meet the humanitarian needs of the future.
7 Jul 2020
Ep. 2. Is informed consent possible in humanitarian CVA?
In this episode we tackle the issue of data responsibility in humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA), exploring questions around informed consent, legitimate interest, ethics and regulations including GDPR. Featuring Amos Doornbos, Linda Raftree, James Eaton Lee and Ric Tighe. You can find Amos' blog at thisisamos.com and Linda's blog, Wait...What? at lindaraftree.com.
4 Feb 2020
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On the first episode, we are in Amman, Jordan, joined by Nicholas Nichol, our MENA Regional Representative and Volker Schimmel, Senior Regional Cash-Based Interventions Coordinator for UNHCR who will help us answer the question: will risk aversion hold us back from realising the potential of CVA?
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