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New case study and webinar on defining Minimum Expenditure Baskets in West Africa

CaLP has launched a new case study documenting the experiences of five countries in West Africa to define a minimum expenditure basket (MEB). The report should provide useful reading for anyone working on multi-purpose cash or interested in the realities of designing a cash intervention at the country level. On 27 June 2018, CaLP will host a webinar with actors involved in the research to discuss how their work has progressed since the conclusion of the study, and share experiences.

What is the case study about?

CaLP has observed and supported humanitarian actors in five countries (Cameroon, Mali, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) to define a minimum expenditure basket (MEB), aimed at determining the average cost of the basic needs of the target populations, a preliminary step to the design of a multi-purpose cash grant (MPG).

Though not a “how-to” or “good practice” guide to the definition of the MEB, which remains a very recent concept and a process necessarily rooted in context, this case study aims to identify success factors to inform future work on MEBs in the region and beyond.

What are the key takeaways?

The research demonstrated that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to defining MEBs, although some commonalities were identified. For example:

  • While focus is often given to the technical support or expertise needed to define the MEB, at least as much if not more attention should be given to designing the process and coordination, which is essential for ensuring the uptake of the MEB.
  • In contexts with low capacity and weak coordination system, the research has shown that it is possible to define an MEB but the key is collaboration and commitment to collective action.

Join our webinar to find out more

CaLP will be joined by regional cash actors to discuss the study in a webinar on 27 June 2018. Join us to hear perspectives from the country contexts, and how other actors working to define an MEB can learn from and build on these experiences.

Facilitator: Nathalie Cissokho, CaLP West Africa

Speakers: Flabert Nkwelle, WFP, Cameroon (BIEP participant), Ayobamidele Ajayi, OCHA, Nigeria, Noufou Ilboudo, Solidarités International, Mali (BIEP participant)


  • Introduction of the case study and speakers
  • Update on processes in 4 countries
  • Discussion and experience sharing around key questions linked to the MEB definition
  • Q&A with participants

The webinar will take place at 2pm UTC, and will be open to join at the following link: https://calp.adobeconnect.com/calpwebinar/

To download the case study in English please click here.

To download the case study in French please click here.

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