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June 2015

The Cash Learning Bulletin

Welcome to our June 2015 newsletter. The previous period was marked by the two earthquakes that hit Nepal. CaLP compiled related information useful to the community of practice on a dedicated page as described in the Asia regional update. This newsletter also contains feature articles about cash transfer and community resilience programming in South Central Somalia, Paper Plus cash voucher programming in Jordan, alternative responses for communities in crisis and CaLP's recently released publication on cash coordination in the response to Typhoon Haiyan (see below). 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 -

Cash Coordination in the Philippines

Cash transfers played a significant role in the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan. The increased use of cash, which if unrestricted is fungible, requires greater inter-agency and cross-sectoral coordination. In this article CaLP provides greater detail about its recently completed review “Cash Coordination in the Philippines”. Read more

UNICEF’s Alternative Responses for Communities in Crisis (ARCC) programme

Cash-based Response programs have a long standing history as part of humanitarian response in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gabriele Erba provides an insight into the ARCC programme and its operational research component looking into the consequence of using different delivery mechanisms and of delivering assistance via the female or male adults in the household. 


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Cash transfer and community resilience programming in South Central Somalia

The Building Resilience in Central Somalia (BRCiS) attempts to provide immediate humanitarian assistance as well as developing longer term local capacity through a combination of locally adapted cash-for-work and unconditional cash transfers.

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Paper Plus cash voucher programming in camps in Jordan

Amid justified excitement in the sector about the opportunities and efficiencies offered by e-cash solutions, traditional paper vouchers’ reputation as slow-starting and data-poor has been challenged by NRC’s projects in Zaatari and Azraq camps in Jordan. Piloted in September 2014 and with a throughput of $150,000/day just four months later, NRC’s ‘Paper Plus’ system linked barcodes to a cloud database for instant verification. It has also delivered rich live data to support project responses to previously invisible opportunities and challenges in the complex camp environments.

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CaLP in your region


In response to the two major earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May, CaLP Asia has created a specific webpage to help collect relevant resources and information to support responders.

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West Africa

Capacity building is one of the key activities that CaLP’s undertakes. This article discusses the various training sessions that have been conducted in the latest period within the West Africa region.

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East Africa

A number of capacity building activities have taken place during this period along with several key events, including The Regional Cash and Voucher Working Group Meeting in May. This article provides further details of these recent training activities and key events.

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Latest Resources


  • Cash coordination in the Philippines: A review of lessons learned during the response to super Typhoon Haiyan (click here)

  • Nepal Earthquake Response: Lessons for operational agencies (click here)

  • Lessons Learned for Nepal Earthquake response (click here)


  • Étude de cadrage: les transferts monétaires monétaires d'urgence dans les secteurs WASH et du logement (click here)

  • Normes et directives pour l’aide d’urgence à l’élevage (LEGS) (click here)

Training and events

Mauritania: Formation CaLP de niveau 22 - 26 June 2015 (Nouakchott)

Myanmar: CaLP Level 2 Training 22 - 26 June 2015 (Yangon)

Uganda: CaLP Level 2 Training 13 - 17 July 2015 (Kampala)

Kenya: CaLP Trainer of Trainers 27 - 31 July 2015 (Nairobi)

Chad:  Formation spécialisée: Analyse des marchés 14 - 18 September (Ndjamena)

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Cash in the News

Cash aid feeds business surge in northeast Kenya
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Introduction to Market Assessments
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