What, why, and for whom this toolkit exists
This operational guidance and toolkit brings together worldwide expertise on cash-based interventions (CBIs). It provides comprehensive and practical guidance for humanitarian actors to assess the feasibility, conceptualise the design and structure the implementation of MPGs.
The guidance focuses on MPGs whose primary objective is to meet basic needs as defined by affected people themselves, International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law and Sphere Standards. However, the nature of MPGs means they can be easily “topped” up for time-bound and specific needs that can be met by cash, e.g. school supplies or seasonal livelihoods activities.
2 “Unrestricted” denotes that the cash is not restricted to certain types of expenditures or vendors (sector-specific). “Unconditional” refers to the fact that beneficiaries do not need to meet conditions (attend a training, produce receipts, etc.) to receive cash, only be eligible based on vulnerability criteria. MPGs can be conditional or unconditional (CaLP 2015).
4 DFID (2015) Value for Money of Cash Transfers in Emergencies. Cabot Venton et al.