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Cash Week 2019: London, 2-5 December 

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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We will be live streaming selected sessions on our YouTube channel. Details are available in the session descriptions below.

London event guide and full recordings of the sessions

Monday 2nd December, London, UK

What does the Future of Financial Assistance mean for my organisation? (8:55am - 3pm)

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.

Humanitarian Cash transfers and social protection: what works, what doesn’t and what we need to do next (3.30pm - 5pm)

CaLP member-led session, co-chaired by the Collaborative Cash Delivery Network (CCD)

Tuesday 3rd, London, UK

Operational Models: what do we want to see? (9am -1pm)

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 (2pm - 3.30pm)

This session will share progress, identify blockages and priority actions in CVA over the coming year, joined by members of the Geneva-based Cash Working Group.

Key issues and debates in CVA (4pm - 5.30pm)

This session will comprise of 2 45-minute slots. Participants may choose which 2 out of 3 they wish to attend.

•  Using behavioural insights to improve the design of humanitarian CVA by Care and Ideas 42
•  GiveDirectly's General Equilibrium Study and the Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers
•  Demo of the CCD response builder tool

Wednesday 4th, London, UK

CVA, Data Responsibility and Risks (9am - 1pm)
Politics, Ethics & Operational realities: attempting to square the circle

For more about Risk and CVA, visit our webpage here

At the Grand Bargain Sub-workstream 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 will 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 In collaboration with CaLP member, Norwegian Refugee Council.

Localisation, CVA Institutionalisation and Cash Readiness (2pm - 3.30pm)

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.

What role can partnerships play in ensuring clients’ rights and improved experiences? (4pm - 5.30pm)

CaLP member-led session, co-chaired by WFP, UNHCR, MercyCorps, GSMA & IRC

Thursday 5th, London, UK

Shaping the direction of the CaLP network: what is the ambition between now and 2023 (9am - 1pm)

This session will provide an opportunity to input into the development of a new strategic vision for CaLP, one that will support its members to navigate a rapidly-changing environment and prioritise crisis affected people.

Cash and voucher assistance and the media: opportunities and risks (2pm - 3.30pm)

With the sector under greater scrutiny than ever before, CVA offers a unique solution to demands for innovation, transparency, effectiveness and accountability –but only if we address criticisms and tell its story well. Find out how, in this session bringing crisis preparedness experts, journalists and humanitarian actors together.

Technical Advisory Group Meeting (9am - 5.30pm)

A closed meeting for CaLP’s Technical Advisory Group.

Past events:

Thursday 21st November 2019, Panama City, Panama

State of the World's Cash 2 Consultation in Panama

Tuesday 26th November 2019, Ngor, Dakar, Senegal

Putting responsible data management and beneficiary protection at the heart of our work

Thursday 28th November 2019, Dakar, Senegal

Membership event for West & Central Africa

Tuesday 26th November 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

Cash Labelling: Does influencing how a cash transfer should be used matter?

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

Delivering cash better: Three opportunities for improved programming

Date TBC, Amman, Jordan

Membership event for MENA

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