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.

 

30 May 2016

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

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.

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

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15 Jul 2014

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

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.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Asia-Pacific

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13 Jan 2014

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

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.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Asia-Pacific

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10 Dec 2013

Type: Video

Organisation: ICRC

Most of the Syrian refugees living in host communities in Jordan are unable to pay for food, health care, rent, water or electricity, so the ICRC and the Jordan Red Crescent Society are helping out by distributing debit cards to vulnerable families.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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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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