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CaLP Asia Regional Learning Event, 19 June 2015

Cash Coordination: Review of Lessons Learned and Recommendations from Typhoon Haiyan and Recent Emergencies


The uptake of Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) in large-scale humanitarian responses has significantly increased in the last few years, as evidenced in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2010 Pakistan floods, 2011 Horn of Africa food crisis, 2013 Philippines Typhoon Haiyan and currently in the protracted Syrian conflict. Conducive environments with functioning markets, cash economies and reliable delivery mechanisms enabled responders to implement cash-based interventions, providing an effective response tool option to better address diverse beneficiary needs, often in complementarity with in-kind assistance and other interventions.

In May, the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) held a Learning Event on Cash Coordination in Geneva to reflect on lessons learnt from recent relief operations in order to strengthen a common understanding of good practices and fundamental principles for cash coordination in the field. The forum brought together a variety of stakeholders to discuss roles of different actors and their engagement in coordinated cash-based interventions as well as to provide a venue for consultation leading up to the DFID High-Level Panel on Cash, which aimed to produce a paper on the transformative nature of Cash Transfer Programming for submission to the World Humanitarian Summit.


Given the recommendations arising from the Philippines Haiyan case study, other recent documented experiences of Cash Coordination and the Learning Event on Coordination in Geneva, the objectives of the Regional Cash Coordination Learning Event are to:

  • Discuss institutional and policy underpinnings of uptake of CTP within the Asia regional context;
  • Identify lessons and priorities in the development of CTP mechanisms and tools applicable to most contexts in the region (especially for rapid onset emergencies and natural disasters) for preparedness and capacity building; and,
  • Advocate for the replication of good practices in Asia.


Friday, 19th June 2015

08:45-09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:00-09:15 Welcome
09:15-09:45 Presentation of finding from "Cash Coordination in the Philippines: A Review of Lessons Learned During the Response to Super Typhoon Haiyan"
09:45-10:15  Presentation on World Humanitarian Summit Asia Regional Consultations
10:15-10:30 Q&A 
10:30-10:45 Morning Tea and Coffee Break
10:45-11:15 Presentation from OCHA on Cash Coordination
11:15-11:45 Q&A
11:45-12:00 Morning Closing
12:00-13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30-14:15 Parallel Event: Oxford Policy Management presentation on research study, Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems 
14:15-15:00 Roundtable Discussion 
15:00-15:15 Afternoon Closing
15:15-15:30 Afternoon Tea and Coffee


Photo: CaLP Asia Regional Learning Event, Grande Centre Point Hotel Ploenchit, 19 June 2015, Credit: Kanvara Suchitta/CaLP



The Regional Learning Event is organised by the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and sponsored by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). 


Grande Centre Point Hotel, Ploenchit

No. 100 Wireless Road, Lumpini

Bangkok 10330, Thailand

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Documents & Presentations

CaLP Asia Regional Learning Event Minutes of Meeting, 19 June 2015

CaLP: Cash Coordination

OCHA: WHS Preparatory Consultations

OPM: Oxford Policy Management 

Useful Links


Key Resources on Coordination 

Bankable Frontier Associates