Cash Atlas update February 2015

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Cash Atlas update - February 2015

Launched in July 2013, the Cash Atlas has now reached 713 projects and counts 1106 registered users. In order to assess the needs of the community of practice and to enable a review of this mapping tool, a general survey took place in the first half of the year, followed by a second survey specifically focusing on data entry.

This update presents the results of those two surveys, the developments that took place in the previous months, some trends in cash transfer programming that can be identified as well as perspectives from users on the Cash Atlas.

What the data says...

The vast majority of projects implemented in 2014 (80%) included food security and livelihoods objectives, while roughly 20% involved WASH or shelter interventions, which is similar to the figures for 2013. The only notable progression is for market-based interventions, which formed part of 8% of all projects in 2014 against 4% from the previous year. The percentage of multisectoral interventions is stable at 23%.

With regard to modalities, unconditional grants is the most popular modality being implemented in some 41% of all projects in 2014, followed by vouchers (30%) and cash-for-work (27%).

The most substantial shift is the growing use of electronic transfers, used for 34% of all projects against 26% the previous year. The highest increase has been in the use of mobile phones while the traditional 'cash in envelope' type of transfer although still the most popular delivery mechanism decreased by 7% in only one year.

Finally, Save the Children, Action Contre la Faim, World Food Programme, World Vision and Solidarités International represent more than 75% of the overall number of beneficiaries for 2014 as per the data entered into the Cash Atlas.

New developments

Following the results of the surveys, the main emphasis has been on facilitating data entry in order to collect an increasing number of projects. The major alterations to the data entry module are:

  1. Invitation module: Editors now have the possibility to invite external users to complete project data.

  2. Mandatory information: Given challenges encountered by editors in collecting the previously required range of data and in line with users’ interest to access specific information, the amount per donor, project ending date and delivery agent were made optional.

  3. Other details on the transfers: An additional text field allows editors to provide any additional information they wish to on the transfer modalities.

  4. Visual appearance: Information for each field is now displayed while scrolling over the info button, thus reducing the quantity of information on the screen and the length of the form.

  5. Dashboard: Project lists now include a project number to simplify the management of multiple projects for editors inputting large quantities of data.

Click here to find out more about each point


An evaluation of the Cash Atlas took place between February and April 2014 with the following objectives:

  • To ensure that the Cash Atlas is still corresponds with the community of practice's needs and expectations.

  • To extract a set of recommendations on how to improve the Cash Atlas.

The results of this survey are available here.

A second survey was conducted to identify ways to simplify data entry whilst making sure that  data  of the highest interest to users is captured.

The results of this survey are available here.

Other News

Save the Children's experience in consolidating information on its programmes involving cash transfers worldwide

During the last months of 2014, Save the Children (SC) consolidated information on its programmes involving cash transfers worldwide. While data had already been shared during the past year, this effort aimed at comprehensively consolidating and analysing cash transfer programmes across its SC country offices. Jessica Cohn – ex-Cash Transfer Programme Project Officer at Save the Children International, explains the data collection process and how this data will be used.

Read the interview here.

A donor perspective on the Cash Atlas

Alexandre Castellano, humanitarian food assistance and nutrition policy officer at the European Commission Humanitarian Office, gives his opinion on the Cash Atlas:

"I personally believe that the Cash Atlas is an important tool for the promotion of more efficient humanitarian assistance. I appreciate the fact that is modern and user friendly. I find very useful to use the filtering system and I like to search for specific project and geographical figures. The Cash Atlas can be of great benefit for all humanitarian experts and researchers."

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