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September 2015

The Cash Learning Bulletin

Welcome to our September 2015 newsletter! E-transfers are a key topic of this installment with the announcement of a new online course on the protection of beneficiary data, an update on the activities of the Electronic Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN) and the launch of a platform to advertise cash transfer delivery tenders.

In this newsletter also, the Bangladesh Cash Working Group Coordinator details the multiple dimensions of her role, the 10 Common Principles for Multi-Purpose Cash-Based Assistance are put into perspective and CaLP's teams in Asia, East Africa and West Africa highlight their main activities.

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New  Online Training on the protection of beneficiary data

With the aim of helping the humanitarian sector to improve the protection of beneficiary data, CaLP has launched a new online course. Building on existing principles and operational standards, this course aims to assist humanitarian practitioners to take the necessary steps to operationalize the protection of beneficiary data in programmes using electronic transfers. 

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Cash transfer delivery - tenders platform

The Cash Learning Partnership has launched a cash transfer delivery - tenders platform. This platform aims to provide a communication channel through which humanitarian actors can share tenders for cash transfer delivery with private sector actors involved in providing cash transfer services. If you would like to advertise a tender, simply register here!

What has the ELAN been up to?

The  Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN) aims to improve how electronic cash and electronic vouchers are used to assist survivors of natural disasters and conflict. This article by Lily Frey provides an insight on the key developments in each of the four work stream areas of ELAN over the past six months.

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The role of Cash Working Group Coordinator: focus on Bangladesh

Multiple country cash working groups have emerged the past years to encourage the coordination of cash transfers across sectors. Eun Jung Yi, Coordinator of the Bangladesh Cash Working Group, presents some of the key achievements of the group within its first 12 months of existence.

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Scaling up Cash-Based Assistance with ECHO: Common Principles for Multi-Purpose Cash-Based Assistance

In June 2015, the Council of Europe adopted 10 common principles for Multi-Purpose Cash-Based Assistance.

Matthew Keyes and Alexandre Castellano highlight the importance of the Principles and practical implications of their adoption.

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CaLP in your region


CaLP in Asia organized a number of events including the Regional Learning Event in Bangkok and trainings held in Myanmar and Australia.This article provides further details of these recent training activities and key events.

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West Africa

The transitional period is over in West Africa and a full team is now in place. Apart from the first Regional CWG meeting of this year this article introduces the work of the new team in CaLP West Africa and a number of activities that will make the rest of 2015 a period within the 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 July. This article provides further details of these recent training activities and key events.

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Latest Resources


  • Financial Services Primer for Humanitarians (click here)
  • Doing cash differently:how cash transfer can transform humanitarian aid? (click here)
  • The road to recovery Cash Transfer as an Emergency Response to Nepal's Earthquake of 2015 and a Catalyst for Consolidating Nepal's Social Protection floor (click here)


  • Guide de mise en œuvre d’e-transfert (click here)
  • Les transferts monétaires dans la Commune de Roumbou (Dakoro) (click here)


Training and events

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

Niger: Formation de formateurs 12 - 16 October 2015 (Niamey)

Senegal: Les transferts monétaires dans les programmes de soutien aux moyens d’existence 21 - 22 October 2015 (Dakar)

Senegal: CaLP Learning Event :“Être prêts pour les transferts monétaires” 30th November - 2nd December 2015 ( Dakar)  

Senegal: Formation spécialisée : Analyse des marchés 7 - 11 December 2015 ( Dakar)  

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Cash in the News

Here's a simple way to help refugees: give them cash

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In Sierra Leone, two Ebola survivors share a common bond – and a future together

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