There is a growing recognition in the humanitarian sector that in an emergency, cash transfers and vouchers can be appropriate and effective tools to support people affected by disasters in a way that maintains dignity and choice for beneficiaries while stimulating local economies and markets.
By acting as a catalyst for change in attitude and practice the CaLP will ensure that CTP is routinely considered as a scalable component of quality, timely and appropriate preparedness, emergency response and early recovery.
The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is a global partnership of humanitarian actors engaged in policy, practice and research within cash transfer programming (CTP). Formed of a community of practice including over 150 organisations and more than 5,000 individuals in the humanitarian sector, the CaLP is based on learning, knowledge sharing, networking and coordination around the appropriate and timely use of CTP in humanitarian response.
The CaLP believes that when appropriately incorporated into humanitarian response planning that includes access to goods and services, CTP presents opportunities for effective and efficient programming to meet the needs of people and communities affected by crises. With the number, scale and complexity of humanitarian crises increasing, CaLP acts as a catalyst for positive transformation within the sector.
We seek to transform humanitarian practice so that people and communities affected by disaster and crisis are empowered to make decisions for their own lives.
The wider community of practice is supported by a core team of the CaLP, which is made up of technical, capacity building and management staff. The CaLP works in four regions (East Africa, West Africa, Asia and North America) with plans to increase its reach to the Middle East, supporting and facilitating knowledge sharing, learning and training in multiple countries. The regional teams are supported by a central secretariat based primarily in the UK but providing representation at key global meetings across multiple advocacy hubs.
CaLP’s development over its first decade has been supported by a Steering Committee of member organisations. To better reflect the broad membership and strategic intent of the CaLP the governance structure now consists of a Board of Directors, which will be supported by a Technical Advisory Group. By the end of 2015, the board will include representative directors from 13 institutions from NGOs, UN agencies, Donors and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).