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Financial Service Providers, Aid Agencies Agree on Joint Principles to Respond to Humanitarian Crises

The Cash Learning Partnership, eighteen global private-sector companies and humanitarian organizations have come together to produce a set of 6 principles to guide public-private collaboration on digital delivery of humanitarian aid and the efficient disbursement of digital cash payments to crisis-affected populations.

The principles are elaborated in a report, Principles on Public-Private Cooperation in Humanitarian Payments that aims to facilitate their development into a flexible and applicable framework. The ultimate goal is to ensure affordable, convenient, timely and secure access to resource transfer in the context of humanitarian crises

The organizations were brought together by the World Economic Forum in response to a call from the UN Secretary-General for innovative thought leadership on improving cash-based assistance. The report considered core humanitarian principles, the OCHA-World Economic Forum Guiding Principles for Public-Private Collaboration for Humanitarian Action, and the Barcelona Principles in its development.

The 18 signatory organizations are telecom and IT companies Ericsson, GSMA, SAP and Tata Consultancy Services; financial service providers Mastercard, PayPal, Segovia, Visa and Western Union; international organizations United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Commission; as well as the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP), Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN) and Mercy Corps.

Read the full report here.

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