Cash in conflict

Cash is the main means with which people pay for goods and services all around the world. This fact does not change because there is an emergency. Having cash in their hands can be the difference between life and death for people affected by armed conflict.

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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.

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

Money is the main means of survival for most people around the world, and this does not change in armed conflict: having cash to buy essential goods can mean the difference between life and death. Read on to find out about the ICRC’s experience of using CTP in armed conflict.

21 Nov 2013

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

The ICRC and the Jordan National Red Crescent Society provides cash assistance for families, with the dual aim of helping them and easing the burden on local communities. 

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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30 Jun 2010

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

Analysis on humanitarian responses in the urban context, highlighting challenges and promising approaches, including income-generating micro-projects as well as aid in the form of cash or vouchers

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies

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22 Feb 2010

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

The ICRC and the Kenya Red Cross support the livelihoods of communities, making cash payments via mobile phone. ''Compared to direct payments, the mobile transfer method is more reliable as it reduces the workload and eliminates security risks associated with transporting cash."

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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