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.
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.
27 Sep 2016
Daw Jhone Zay used her business skills to set up a shop in the IDP camp in Shan State, Myanmar where she lives. ICRC's cash grant helped her build her business, diversifying her inventory and maintaining sufficient stock levels to meet demand.
14 Jun 2016
Kavitha is a widow who lost her husband to the conflict. She opened a small grocery store with her cash grant from ICRC, and is now able to cover her daily household expenses and save for her children’s future.
30 May 2016
A cash for work programme in Beddawe, Lebanon, renovates apartments where refugee families are living. The Ahmad family is the first of many refugee families to benefit; with the new apartment and the cash he’s saving, Mahmoud hopes he can improve his children’s future.
15 Jul 2014
In the north and east of Sri Lanka, households headed by women and persons who were disabled due to the conflict are among the vulnerable, and the ICRC gives cash grants enabling them to start income-generating activities.
13 Jan 2014
Cash assistance is an integral part of the much-needed support given by the ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross to the displaced population that is yet to recover from the destruction of their livelihood and property.
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