Whenever it is feasible and appropriate, people affected by crisis will receive a single multi-sector cash transfer. This cash transfer is sufficient in value, arrives on time, and is complemented where necessary with vouchers and in-kind assistance, technical support and additional programmes and resources.
By 2020 we would like to see single multi-sector cash transfers routinely considered, (combined with in-kind or voucher assistance when needed), that will best meet the needs of beneficiaries. This can fill gaps where needed and compliment other specialised interventions (such as shelter reconstruction).
Multi-Purpose Grants (or MPGs) are designed to offer people affected by crisis a maximum degree of flexibility, dignity and efficiency commensurate with their diverse needs. For these reasons, MPGs can also contribute to more successful sector-specific interventions, enabling crisis-affected persons to utilise in-kind goods and access services as they were intended in addition to receiving cash assistance for basic needs.
Credit: Photo taken in the Mangaize Refugee Camp during the field visit undertaken for the case study development by young refugees to document their daily life and how UNHCR intervention contributes to improving their living conditions
The last few years have seen the emergence of an evidence-base in support of the use of multipurpose grants.
However, whilst MPGs can be a valuable component of a humanitarian response, their effectiveness is dependent on a robust multi-sectoral understanding of needs and vulnerabilities, supported by a coordination system with clear accountabilities for decision-making on modality choice. The success defined above is therefore reliant on overcoming a number of technical and strategic obstacles which include the following:
To address the challenges above, CaLP and its partners propose to focus on building evidence and guidance on the following topics:
CaLP will be focusing on a number of research and capacity building initiatives relating to multi-sector CTP in the coming months, and will be collaborating closely with the clusters to inform content and learning needs.
CaLP also recognises the value of, and actively supports the value of sector-specific cash transfers as a complement to multi-sectoral grants. Sub pages of this page contain key sector-specific resources.
Multisector Cash Transfer Programming is a coordinated approach to cash transfers whereby a range of sector needs would be addressed through CTP by one organization or a range of organizations working together, possibly using a one delivery mechanism, but otherwise managing their program in the traditional way (sectoral definition of targeting, sectoral calculation of cash amount, sectoral indicators for reporting etc.).