In June 2013, CaLP established the Asia regional hub in Bangkok, Thailand. As the most disaster-prone region in the world, Asia has tolerated the impact of the physical and economic damages of natural disasters. The aim of the regional hub is to promote good/better practice in Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) as part of appropriate and effective mechanism for emergency response and humanitarian programme intervention. To facilitate and support CTP learning and best practices, the Asia regional hub supports outreach and building the regional and country based community of practice.
CaLP Asia has held Regional Cash Working Group meetings at the Oxfam GB Asia Regional Centre meetings every two months since it was established. Minutes and ToR from meetings will be uploaded on Coordination page under Asia Regional Cash Working Group Documents. These meetings intend to call upon and bring humanitarian actors and the Community of Practice (CoP) covering all sectors of emergency response together to discuss themes, challenges, opportunities, strategies, lessons learnt and experiences specific to cash transfer programmes in the Asia region. The outcomes of these meetings have helped to shape CaLP’s activities in the region and its strategy with regards to increasing agencies' (a) capacity building, (b) awareness/ advocacy/ research/ learning, (c) regional (as well as country-based) coordination, and (d) focus on key countries of cash transfer programmes.
For Capacity Building, CaLP Asia recently conducted a Cash Transfer Programming Level 2 training in Kathmandu, Nepal during 23-27 May 2016. For more information and upcoming trainings, please visit the Capacity Building page and CaLP’s Training Calendar.
CaLP Asia also organised a Cash Transfer Programming and Persons of Concern Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand on 14-15 March 2016. The briefing note is now available and for more information, please visit 2016 Cash Transfer Programming and Persons of Concern Workshop webpage.
If you are an active agency in the region and would like to participate either to learn more about cash transfer programmes or about other stakeholders' ongoing activities, or share your experiences, please contact directly the CaLP Regional Focal Point for Asia (Rebecca Vo). Please note that county-based agencies working in the region passing through Bangkok are also welcome.
For more information on coordination, please contact Rebecca Vo, CaLP Asia Regional Focal Point at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on trainings, please contact Ali Mansoor, CaLP Asia Capacity Building Officer at email@example.com
For more information on communications, please contact Kanvara Suchitta, CaLP Asia Administrator and Communications Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign-up for Regional Updates Cash Working Group mailing list, please complete the contact form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LN3ZQDF
This video explains how supply chains play a critical role in cash and markets based humanitarian programmes. Everything we do in a crisis has an impact on local markets; cash and voucher based assistance only works when we monitor markets and maintain our own supply chain for when it’s needed.
Since 2007, Mercy Corps has been an NGO leader in building digital payment channels for the underserved. Using a 2013 Visa Innovation Grant, Mercy Corps has expanded upon existing work focused on digital financial access in rural areas by offering Indonesian smallholder farmers a full range of tailored digital payment options to improve productivity and profits. The program, called AgriPay, is based on the development of a scalable and replicable model to provide access to digital payments and financial services, including loan repayments.