The conclusion of an unprecedented consultative process to improve humanitarian assistance, the World Humanitarian Summit opened on a promising note, following the UN Secretary-General's call for cash-based assistance to become the default method of support for people in emergencies wherever possible.
But has the Summit delivered on its promises? We asked this question to Nigel Timmins, Oxfam International's Humanitarian Director and Chair of CaLP's Board, Sara Almer, CaLP's Coordinator, Paula Gil Baizan, CaLP's Advocacy Coordinator and Paul Harvey, Partner at Humanitarian Outcomes.
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Join a group of experts on June 15th to discuss how to use the WHS as springboard to develop a common vision on the future of cash transfers! More information will be shared shortly on the dgroup and through our website!
The crux in implementing commitments made in large multi-stakeholder process lies in the how, and that is also where some of the biggest opportunities lie. Sara Almer and Paula Gil Baizan explain how CaLP’s “Agenda for Cash” can facilitate tracking the bold commitments needed for a substantial humanitarian reform driven by cash transfer programming coming out of the WHS.
The WHS was far from a revolution. Yet the unprecedented place occupied by cash at the WHS shows the ball is rolling. Nigel Timmins, Oxfam International’s Humanitarian Director, reflects on what underlies our attitudes and how NGOs will need to focus on a set of core activities that reflect their values based origins.
Important commitments around humanitarian cash transfers have been made by key humanitarian actors involved in the WHS. Their willingness to embrace and drive change will now decide if or how this will translate into changed action on the ground. Paul Harvey presents his wish list focused on donor coordination, cost-efficiency, transparency and governments’ leadership in humanitarian response, and the process of creative destruction towards more efficiency and respect for the dignity of people affected by crisis.
On 15 June 2016, CaLP hosted a webinar to explore the innovative pathways for change to deliver on the initial vision of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) which would see cash-based assistance becoming the default method of support for people in emergencies. Watch the recording here!
In summer 2015 a Tufts University research team travelled to southern Turkey to produce a comprehensive “lessons learned” analysis of DRC's e-voucher intervention, focusing in particular on its protection implications. Read the key recommendations from their report here.