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Cash Transfer Programming and Persons of Concern Workshop, 14 - 15 March 2016


Available protection space for Persons of Concern (PoC) — including refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless people — in the region is fragile and unpredictable, due to a lack of national legal frameworks in most Asian countries. Furthermore, some States have introduced increasingly restrictive policies, such as denying safe disembarkation or access at the airport, and narrowing protection space and access to asylum.

A significant number of refugees and asylum-seekers in the region reside in urban settings, and some States without national asylum systems consider them to be illegal migrants, thereby subjecting them to detention, expulsion, refoulement, and other serious protection risks. The lack of legal status also prevents people of concern from accessing the labour market and basic services, including health care and education.

Workshop Aim

To increase knowledge and understanding of cash transfer programming for those providing assistance in humanitarian contexts for Persons of Concern.

Workshop Objectives

  1. To discuss regional contexts for those providing humanitarian assistance to Persons of Concern (PoC) in Asia.
  2. To provide an overview of the fundamental concepts of Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) as well as implementation of cash-based interventions in humanitarian contexts for Persons of Concern, such as refugees’ settings as well as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and those affected by forced migration. This will include an introduction to cash transfer modalities and delivery mechanisms commonly used in humanitarian programming and to discuss challenges and options for the various target groups.
  3. To build awareness of the importance of cash feasibility and response analysis discussions and decision-making processes in identifying appropriate cash and voucher-based interventions. Aspects relating to links to existing systems of assistance and support.
  4. To share experiences and review existing practices to identify how cash transfers can be integrated into programmes to achieve outcomes.
  5. To develop a Briefing Note with key themes and recommendations arising from the workshop for implementing stakeholders.


Monday, 14th March 2016

09:00 - 09:30


- Workshop Objectives and Overview

09:30 - 10:30

Module 1.1: Asia Regional Persons of Concern Context

- Situational Context

- Regulatory Framework

10:30 - 11:00

Morning Tea & Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Module 1.2: Current CTP Experience

- Country Contexts

- Target Populations

- Urban & Camp Settings

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00

Module 2:  CTP Fundamentals

- Terminology and concepts

- Modalities

- Delivery mechanisms

Module 3: Assessments

- Cash Feasibility:

1) Regulatory Framework

2) Markets

3) Financial Service Providers

4) Institutional Capacity

15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea & Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00

Module 4: Response Analysis

- Response options analysis- Defining cash transfer values

Tuesday, 15th March 2016

09:00 - 09:30

Review of Day 1

09:30 - 10:30

Module 5.1: Cash & Protection

10:30 - 11:00

Morning Tea & Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Module 5.2: Cash & Protection

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00

Module 6: Cash & Livelihoods

- Livelihoods Strategies

15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea & Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00


- Review of discussions and any decisions made

- Evaluation forms 

Workshop Photos


Photos: CaLP Asia Cash Transfer Programming and Persons of Concern Workshop, Centre Point Hotel Chidlom, 14-15 March 2016; Credit: CaLP Asia



The workshop is organised by the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Centre Point Hotel Chidlom

60 Soi 1, Langsuan Road, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.

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Briefing Note

Documentation & Presentations

Day 1

Day 2

Useful Links


Persons of Concern

Cash Transfer Programming


Workshop Materials