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North America Regional Cash Working Group

The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) leads the North America Cash Working Group (CWG) based in Washington, DC. The North America Cash Working Group formed in 2016 as a dedicated platform to share information and provide technical support, coordinate and learn about cash and voucher transfer programming in the region. The CWG works with humanitarian stakeholders, donors, and private sector actors to foster dialogue and contextualise regional priorities in Cash Transfer Programming. The CaLP North America Regional Focal Point leads the CWG.

Please find the CWG Terms of Reference here

For more information on partnerships and coordination, please contact the CaLP North America Regional Focal Point at northamerica@cashlearning.org.

To sign-up for North America CWG mailing list, please complete the contact form here

Upcoming Events & Updates

Translating Technology to People: Empowering Communities with Blockchain as a Tool in Aid Delivery

22nd May 2017, 8:30 am EST - 10:30 am

InterAction, 1400 16 St NW #210, Washington, DC 20036

Originally created to enable the digital currency Bitcoin, blockchain technology has garnered attention by creating new opportunities beyond currency for organizations in all sectors. The blockchain has the potential to transform the development sector by improving transparency and traceability, and thus providing cost savings. The distribution logic behind blockchain can offer new insights into development while providing a new tool for solving some of the challenges that plague delivery.

An introductory guide to blockchain technology and an immersive learning experience to understand the benefits of the technology in development will be provided, together with a discussion of case studies in the development sector that have utilized blockchain in current delivery models to illustrate possibilities for future integration.

For more information on this learning event, please click here.

Institutionalizing Cash and Vouchers in Response: Experience-Sharing on How Organizations are Adapting to the Evolving Humanitarian Landscape

31st May 2017, 9:00 am EST - 4:00 pm

SEIU, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

Cash transfers and voucher programs have been used for many years in humanitarian work, but many organizations are just now beginning to understand how deeply these modalities affect how humanitarian organizations operate. Cash transfers and vouchers are changing how systems and the humanitarian architecture itself respond to disasters. Cash transfers and vouchers are changing how humanitarian organizations relate both to each other and to their beneficiaries. At the same time, the technology being employed by cash, voucher, and in-kind programs is changing quickly. While technology is allowing more widespread deployment of cash and vouchers in novel forms, at the same time, the collection of more monitoring data and the move to digital systems have led to new challenges in how to best deliver humanitarian assistance.

Case studies of a CaLP's Strengthen Institutional Capacity (SIC) work with Relief International (RI) and Project Concern International (PCI) will be presented along with the Organizational Cash Readiness Tool (OCRT), which was revised through this work. Similarly, the American Red Cross (ARC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) will present on some of the ways they are increasing and monitoring their institutional readiness to deliver cash and vouchers in emergencies. The event will be interactive with plenty of opportunities to share experiences, to discuss the difficulties of becoming digital, the difficulties of providing more cash, and the changing humanitarian landscape.

For more information on this learning event, please click here.

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