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In recent years, the use of cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian action has increased dramatically. Cash Week 2019 will provide a space to reflect, learn, and look ahead, to ensure quality in our use of CVA at scale. Bringing together cash actors and specialists from relevant fields, this series of events is designed to share developments in programme quality, understand the current blockages, and agree together how we will build this learning into our planning for the future.

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All Cash Week sessions in London are now sold out.

To join the waitlist, please email membership@cashlearning.org with the subject line "Wait list for Cash Week events in London".

We are also planning to livestream some of the panels, so you will be able to watch online, and are planning to offer more tickets to some sessions.

Events may also be happening near you, as we have Cash Week events in Dakar, Amman, Nairobi and one run by our Americas office, location TBC.

More information about the above will be on the website in the coming weeks, so please do stay tuned.

Applications for travel bursaries and session proposals are now closed.

Event Guide

Regional events

Tuesday 26th November 2019, Dakar, Senegal

Membership event for West & Central Africa

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 2pm-5pm, Amman, Jordan

Membership event for MENA


London event guide

Monday 2nd December, London, UK

What does the Future of Financial Assistance mean for my organisation?

Delivering more cash, and working more closely with other forms of financial assistance – social protection, remittances, peer-to-peer giving – implies changes for our role in humanitarian action and the ways in which we work together and with others. At last year’s Cash Week we convened NGOs to discuss the dilemmas around strategic planning for CVA. This launched a collaborative process of exploring the Future of Financial Assistance, working with IARAN, looking in particular at what future scenarios mean for crisis-affected people. Based on the four scenarios for the Future of Financial Assistance we developed, we will convene members to explore implications for the ways in which we work and for our strategic planning, and opportunities and blockers to working differently.

Member-led session (TBC)

Proposals for member-led sessions are now closed. Sessions will be announced in the coming weeks

Tuesday 3rd, London, UK

Operational Models: what do we want to see? 

The last 18 months have seen exciting and rapid developments around operational models to programme and deliver CVA, with the growth of the Collaborative Cash Delivery platform and the announcement of the UN Common Cash System. There is a significant opportunity to ensure that the development of these models is being supported by the best available evidence and experience from across the humanitarian community. The CaLP network has an important role in synthesising and presenting the state of the evidence in several key operational areas and in providing support to both emerging models.

Ahead of this session, CaLP will host a series of webinars around four central themes, bringing together subject matter experts with actors from across the CaLP network to develop recommendations for emerging models on each theme.

This session will review recommendations and set out some collective aspirations for emerging operational models – what will success look like and how will we know if we’re heading in the right direction?

Key issues and debates in CVA

There has been a great deal of progress on some critical issues in CVA over the past 12 months – monitoring and evaluation, tracking cash, programming multipurpose cash, cash coordination. This session brings together key thinkers in the world of CVA to share progress, identify blockages and priority actions over the coming year.

Wednesday 4th, London, UK

CVA, Data Responsibility and Risks

This session will discuss evidence and advance debate around:
Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CT) and Anti Money Laundering measures on CVA, and Data Responsibility and Protection in Humanitarian CVA.

At the Grand Bargain Subworkstream meeting on Cash in May 2019, the organisations present agreed that further evidence and guidance is needed to address this blockage and to help organisations understand and mitigate the risks that exist.  There are many activities ongoing to address this in signatory organisations but these efforts are currently siloed, risking gaps and duplications.

There are multiple types of risk which apply to humanitarian CVA programming. Many of these apply across all humanitarian assistance but some - in particular risks around data, financial compliance and working with the private sector - are more acute in CVA programming than in other types of assistance.

CaLP and its members have to date done a lot to address gaps in knowledge and provide practical guidance related to CVA and risk, however as CVA continues to grow in scale new challenges and dimensions of risk emerge.

CaLP proposes to use the opportunity of the cash community coming together to bring out the latest evidence and advance the debate for quality CVA in two key areas: 

1) Risks and Impact of Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CT) and Anti Money Laundering measures on CVA

2) Risks and Ethical dilemmas surrounding Data Responsibility and Protection in Humanitarian CVA

Localisation, CVA Institutionalisation and Cash Readiness

As part the Grand Bargain commitments, localisation is properly emphasised as crucial to improving humanitarian response. Within cash and voucher assistance programming, local and national responders offer perspectives and capacities to improve design and implementation by nature of their understanding of and proximity to beneficiaries. Many humanitarian organisations work with local organisations as partners, and many of those local partners would benefit from improving skills and systems to more effectively engage with CVA. This session will explore needs, current actions and future opportunities for local organisations to build their capacity, and be viable, strong partners in CVA planning and delivery by discussing three related topics:

  • the Grand Bargain commitment to localisation
  • the presence of CaLP member orgs who are local/national orgs who can speak to their realities of becoming 'cash ready'
  • CaLP's offer of the Organisational Cash Readiness Tool as a resource to help organisations conduct a self-assessment to identify gaps and required capacity needs for enhancing their ability to engage in CVA

This panel and plenary discussion will include: 

  • how efforts to strengthen local (ie, close to beneficiaries) capacity for CVA design and implementation might be achieved,
  • how CaLP's OCRT can support organisational readiness,
  • what CaLP members can do and are doing.

Member-led session (TBC)

Proposals for member-led sessions are now closed. Sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

Thursday 5th, London, UK

Shaping the direction of the CaLP network: what is the ambition between now and 2023

CaLP is in the process of developing of a new strategic vision and supporting objectives, with the help of an external consultant and our members. CaLP’s current strategic plan runs from 2017-2020.  There is need to reflect on progress and develop a new plan to guide CaLP’s work over the next three years.

The new strategy will need to ensure that CaLP is providing the support, guidance and thought leadership necessary to help our membership navigate a rapidly-changing environment, oriented towards providing more effective, efficient and accountable assistance to crisis-affected people. 

Given the dynamic and fast-moving space within which CaLP operates, the new strategy needs to contain a clear vision for CaLP’s role and the objectives to support this, but will need to be flexible on how to achieve these. 

This session will provide opportunities for CaLP members and the CVA community to shape the future direction of the CaLP network.