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March 2015

The Cash Learning Bulletin

Welcome to our March 2015 newsletter. This email contains feature articles about electronifying and institutionalizing cash programming in the Americas, ACF Lebanon’s Cash for Work response to the Syrian refugee crisis, and the possibilities surrounding cash and IT. There are also updates from CaLP's regions, cash in the news, and highlights of the latest resources added to the CaLP library. If you would like to contribute to the next installment, please let us know - 

Electronifying and institutionalizing cash programming in the Americas

In order to be better prepared to provide assistance rapidly to highly urbanized populations in Latin America & the Caribbean, IFRC has been developing a universal e-transfer mechanism for cash that can be utilized on a regional basis.

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Cash for Work in Southern Lebanon – ACF Lebanon’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis

Iñaki Sainz de Rozas Pertejo describes ACF’s cash-for-work initiative developed with target municipalities in the Bekaa Valley and Southern Lebanon. Aimed at tackling refugees’ vulnerability and reinforcing community services delivered by municipalities, the programme also contributed to ease tensions between refugee and host communities.

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Cash and IT: keys to infinite possibilities

Evolutions in cash transfers and information technologies offer a range of possibilities to assist disaster victims. A shift from risk adversity to genuine innovation spirit could see the speed and sources of funding differ radically from how it is today. 

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CaLP in your region


In January 2015, CaLP Asia held a Regional Cash Working Group meeting in Bangkok to discuss the Asia strategy for 2015-2019, upcoming training plans, global tools and digital communications platforms, and to introduce new team members. 


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West Africa

CaLP has been working with key actors at both the regional and local level to support and push for an inclusive cross-sector coordination of cash activities in the response to the Ebola crisis.

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East Africa

Following on from the regional capacity needs assessment undertaken at the end of 2014, a number of capacity building activities have taken place during this period. See this article for details of recent training activities, upcoming events and new team members. 

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Latest Resources



  • Scoping study - Emergency cash transfer programming in the WaSH and shelter sectors (click here)
  • E-transfers: one year later workshop learning document (click here)
  • Cash, vouchers or in-kind - Guidance on evaluating how transfers are made in emergency programming (click here)


  • L’analyse de marché en situation d’urgence (click here)
  • Les nouvelles technologies dans la programmation en transferts monétaires et l’aide humanitaire (click here)

Training and events

Bamako, Mali: Formation de formateurs

6 - 10 April 2015

Ndjamena, Tchad: Formation de formateurs

20 - 24 April 2015

Nouakchott, Mauritanie: Formation CaLP de niveau 1

4 - 6 May 2015

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Formation CaLP de niveau 2

11 - 15 May 2015

Niamey, Niger Formation CaLP de niveau 2

8 - 12 June 2015


Cash in the News

Boatfuls of cash: how do you get money into fragile states?

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Are cash transfers the ‘new normal’ in the Philippines? Challenges and opportunities from Typhoon Haiyan

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