Somalia Cash Working Group

After a period of inactivity, the Cash Working Group (Nairobi level) has resumed. The first meeting took place in February 2017. The CWG focuses on the current humanitarian needs arising from the severe drought affecting Somalia. 

The draft TORs are available here. As they become available, the final TORs will be posted on this page. Given the current context, it is anticipated that the CWG will meet very frequently initially.

The Cash Working Group has recommended transfer values, and the latest guidance can be found here. The transfer values are pegged to the Somalia Minimum Expenditure Basket (MEB), which is updated and published monthly by FSNAU. Furthermore, the monthly markets dashboard shows the most recent MEB data and resulting transfer value recommendations, as well as price analysis and supply chain information. The Markets Dashboard from July 2017 can be found here, and the extensive annex with the background analysis here.

The Cash working Group compiles information on the reality of CTP on the ground, through the regular cluster 3W reporting. July information on who-does-cash-where in Somalia can be found here

The minutes of the Cash Working Group meetings can be found below;

2017 July 27th CWG meeting minutes

2017 July 07th CWG meeting minutes

2017 June 15th CWG meeting minutes

2017 May 25th CWG meeting minutes

2017 May 11th CWG meeting minutes

2017 April 24th CWG meeting minutes

2017 April 6th CWG meeting minutes

2017 March 30th CWG meeting minutes

2017 March 23rd CWG meeting minutes

2017 March 16th CWG meeting minutes

2017 March 3rd CWG meeting minutes

2017 February 24th CWG meeting minutes

2017 February 17th CWG meeting minutes

Cash coordination in Somalia

Over the years, there have been a number of Cash Working Groups related to Somalia- with the first group started in 2008. The terms and references of former groups can be found below. 

These provide a valuable source of historical information.

  • The Cash Based Response Working Group (CBRWG) was an independent forum of technical professionals dedicated to cash programming in Somalia. Established in April 2008, the CBRWG developed out of an informal working group that was striving to coordinate and harmonise their responses in Somalia. The mandate was to ensure quality assurance in the design and implementation of cash based responses in Somalia, and to support coordination efforts.
  • The Somalia Cash and Voucher Monitoring Group members worked together to monitor various cash and voucher interventions implemented in south central Somalia (September 2011 – February 2012). The tools and guidance produced by the group are available here.
  • The Food Security Cluster Cash & Markets Task Force aimed to strengthen the implementation of market based food security interventions (inclusive of cash and vouchers). CMTF was specifically termed a task force to ensure that it remained time-bound and output driven. The section dedicated to the task force included its ToRs and was to present the resulting guidance.

Key Somalia tools, guidelines and articles