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What we do

The aim of the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) seeks to transform humanitarian practice so that people and communities affected by disaster and crisis are empowered to make decisions for their own lives.

CaLP initially worked in four disaster prone countries (Niger, Zimbabwe, Philippines and Kenya) and provided emergency technical support and coordination to humanitarian actors implementing cash transfer programming (CTP) in response to the Haiti earthquake, the Pakistan floods, Ivory Coast post-election violence and the Horn and East Africa drought crisis. CaLP’s approach shifted from a country to a regional focus with the development of regional hubs in West Africa, East Africa, Asia and North America.

Following the progress made during the first few years of the programme, wider recognition of CTP as an effective response mechanism, and the development of stronger institutional capacity, CaLP’s goal stresses its role as catalyst for change and a wider focus not only on emergency response but also on preparedness and early recovery.

 How does CaLP work

CaLP’s global vision is informed and shaped by priorities emerging from our regional presence and a large and active global community of practice, which includes up to 5,600 individuals in the wider humanitarian sector. Through its regional hubs and an extensive communication network CaLP represents an impartial prioritisation of the most pertinent and relevant issues for all stakeholders across different contexts. In addition, the global presence of CaLP enables technical leadership and a two-way transfer of knowledge and conversation, ensuring that global, regional and country level conversations are mutually reinforcing.

The wider community of practice is supported by a core team of CaLP staff, which is made up of technical expertise, capacity building, communications and management staff. CaLP has four regional hubs (East Africa, West Africa, Asia and North America, with a forthcoming regional hub in the Middle East) and global secretariat in Europe, including a Geneva-based advocacy office.

These hubs support and facilitate knowledge sharing, learning and training in multiple countries, and ensure that all voices are heard through representation in key global and regional fora.  


The CaLP membership is composed of up more than 40 organisations and individual experts, identified and welcomed as representative of humanitarian action. Members include NGOs, UN agencies, academia, the private sector and donors.

Within the membership all operational regions are represented as well as critical global hubs. New members will be considered on an ongoing basis. To read more about our members please click here.

CaLP will work to contribute to the achievement of its overall goal by implementing activities across four main outcomes. Click here for an overview of CaLP's key achievements in 2015.

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