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New Publication: Doing cash differently: how cash transfers can transform humanitarian aid?

The nature of humanitarian crises is changing and the number of people in need has increased in the past years.  Humanitarian assistance could be more effective, more efficient and more transparent if aid was given in the form of cash directly to people struggling to survive in crises.

The Overseas Development Institute has launched this week the report Doing cash differently: how can transform humanitarian aid “ which highlights why giving aid directly in the form of cash is often a highly effective way to reduce suffering and to make limited humanitarian aid budgets go further.

The report, ,written by the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers, identifies 12 crucial steps to scaling up cash transfer programmes, including capitalising on digital technology and private sector expertise and opening up programmes to greater competition. It also outlines  how making cash central to emergency response planning is also an opportunity for broader reform of the humanitarian system. It charts the next steps for donors, governments and humanitarian agencies to make these changes a reality.

The report can be downloaded here.

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