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Cash Week 2018 was a series of events that took place in London from 15-19 October 2018, to advance issues, reflect and prepare for the future of Cash and Voucher Assistance. This week of events provided opportunities for:

  • Networking and collaboration beyond the usual suspects, and an opportunity to hear from CaLP’s Technical Advisory Group and Board;
  • Learning more about some of the key topics in cash, advancing crucial debates around tracking cash and delivering digital payments responsibly;
  • Visioning the future of financial assistance to meet humanitarian needs.

Cash Week built on progress since CaLP’s State of the World’s Cash report and the Grand Bargain Cash Workstream meetings. Through a combination of public, member only and invite only workshops and discussions, Cash Week 2018 provided a space to strengthen synergies between members, foster new connections, and collectively shape the future.

Read the full Event Report here.

Read the blog from CaLP's Sophie Tholstrup: 'Cash Week 2018: Looking around and looking ahead'


Event Guide


Monday 15/10/2018

12:45-17:00: Cash and Gender

Co-led with CARE, ActionAid, UN Women, and the Women's Refugee Commission

This half day event brought together gender and cash experts to discuss priorities and next steps in ensuring gender is mainstreamed in Cash and Voucher Assistance.

Download the agenda here. 

More resources

Watch the GenderCash Highlights video

For more information on CaLP’s work on cash and gender, visit our thematic page

Tuesday 16/10/18

09:00-17:00: Celebrating digital cash in humanitarian response: where do we go from here?

Co-led with the Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN) and Oxfam

A summative learning event for the ELAN, reviewing key milestones in digital cash since 2015, and a glimpse into the future of beneficiary-centred design.

Download the agenda here.

More resources

 Read the ELAN's final event report here.

Read the blog from Steph Roberson, Cash Advisor at Oxfam GB, 'What I learned at CaLP’s Celebrating Digital Humanitarian Cash Event.'

Access the resources from the ELAN on CaLP’s dedicated page.

ELAN have published a summary document of their learning over the past four years and their recommendations for the future of digital payments.

Watch the videos of the panel debates here:

‘Successes and lessons learned in humanitarian cash’: 

‘Focusing on the user experience’: 

Wednesday 17/10/18

09:00-17:00: Tracking cash and vouchers workshop Part 2

Co-led with ECHO

This event was an opportunity to advance recommendations to develop standardized minimum requirements for tracking cash and vouchers, and draw linkages with the sub-workstream on Cost Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness.

Download the agenda here. 

Thursday 18/10/18

09:00-17:00: Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting

In their annual face to face meeting, CaLP’s TAG discussed a range of issues including trends in financial assistance and their implications for Cash and Voucher Assistance, how to address the technical barriers to Multipurpose cash, and CaLP’s role at the nexus between humanitarian CVA and social protection.

Download the agenda here.

More resources

Learn more about the TAG and its members here.

18:00-19:30: The Future of Cash panel discussion

This event brought together leading thinkers to explore what future scenarios for humanitarian assistance mean for the future of Cash and Voucher Assistance. Building on the panels at the recent British Red Cross cash conference, panellists discussed the following questions:

  • What progress are we making on the calls for better integration, collaboration and innovation highlighted in the State of the World’s cash report?
  • Looking ahead, how will the future of Cash and Voucher Assistance be affected by broader trends between now and 2030?
  • Who will need humanitarian financial assistance by 2030? Where will they be? What will their preferences be?
  • What instruments, approaches and partners can shape how we could deliver financial assistance in 2030?
  • What constraints and opportunities exist for actors currently working on Cash and Voucher Assistance to maximise these future opportunities?

The panel was chaired by Isabelle Pelly from CaLP, and featured Christina Bennett from ODI, Rahul Chandran from GAHI, Paula Gil Baizan, Independent and Paul Currion from Disberse.

Download the agenda here.

Watch the discussion in full here: 

Friday 19/10/18

09:00-12:00: NGOs and the Future of Cash

This workshop for NGOs discussed the changing landscape of cash assistance and the place for NGOs within it. Together participants addressed the following questions:

  • What are the current internal and external constraints to NGO engagement in cash assistance? What will emerging trends, evolving partnerships and new instruments mean for NGOs?
  • What role could CaLP play to help NGOs collectively envision, shape and navigate this future?

Download the agenda here.

14:00-15:00: Meet the TAG (webinar)

This webinar provided an opportunity for CaLP members to understand the role of the TAG in steering CaLP’s technical direction, and review the TAG’s progress since last year and their upcoming priorities.

Download the agenda here.

More resources

Listen to the webinar recording here.