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Cash coordination learning event - Geneva, 2015

Where should cash coordination sit within the global humanitarian architecture? How do we ensure greater effectiveness of cash-based humanitarian interventions by the wide range of actors following an emergency? On 5th and 6th May 2015, representatives from UN organisations, NGOs, the private sector and donors convened in Geneva to identify key action points that would address these questions.

Organised by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), this learning event highlighted progress made and lessons learnt since the 2012 cash coordination event. Case studies from the Philippines, Lebanon and DRC informed the debate by underlining context specific coordination challenges and successes.

Four key themes were explored:

  • How to ensure predictable coordination and capacity for cash programming that is linked with the coordination architecture
  • How best to coordinate with governments and strengthen linkages including building capacity
  • Ensuring better preparedness for cash programming.
  • Coordinating unconditional or multi-purpose cash grants (technical and operational aspects).

Photo: Cash coordination learning event, Geneva, Switzerland 2015. Credit: CaLP / Vincent Trousseau

Donors shared their perspectives on cash coordination during a panel discussion, while private sector actors highlighted their growing role in cash transfer delivery and the related challenges and opportunities to coordination.

The common vision for cash coordination that emerged throughout the event will be instrumental in developing strong messages to feed the debates at the World Humanitarian Summit and ensure that cash coordination is appropriately addressed.

The presentations from the event, the report as well as working groups’ guidance notes are available here.

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