Cash in conflict

Cash is used by people to pay for goods and services all around the world. This fact does not change in situations of armed conflict, when having cash in their hands can mean the difference between life and death.

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.

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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", to find out about the ICRC’s experience of using CTP in armed conflict.

 

28 Nov 2017

Type: Video

Organisation: Oxford Policy Management

This video showcases insights from a global study, 'shock-responsive social protection systems'. The study aims to strengthen the evidence base as to when and how social protection systems can better respond to shocks in low-income countries and fragile and conflict-affected states.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies

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01 Nov 2017

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

Previously, distributions took an average of 5 hours, whereas with Red Rose (data verification system providing an end-to-end solution for programming), it takes an average of 35 minutes for people to get their cash grants!

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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23 Aug 2017

Type: Research

Organisation: 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 processing personal data as part of humanitarian operations.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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17 Aug 2017

Type: Video

Organisation: British Red Cross

The Red Cross, in partnership with the Jordan Red Crescent, helps hundreds of Syrian refugee families living in Jordan to rebuild their lives via the distribution of cash grants.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Middle-East / North Africa

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03 Jul 2017

Type: Video

Organisation: ICRC

Video showing risks related to data protection in relation to cash transfer programming.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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12 Jun 2017

Type: Photo gallery

Organisation: ICRC

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 to withdraw the cash

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Africa

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