Cash and voucher assistance have grown from carefully designed pilot projects as alternatives to food aid. However, some see this as radical as it challenges the status quo of the humanitarian architecture.
According to the State of the World’s Cash report in 2020, published by the Cash and Learning Partnership (CaLP), Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) has doubled globally since 2016 from $2.8 to 5.6 billion US dollars.
Floor Grootenhuis, an IRMA associate, is one of the pioneers of CVA. She conducted a webinar in October in partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs to discuss the practice of unrestricted CVA as a radical act and share her thoughts on the following key issues :
- What are the implications of Cash and Voucher Assistance at this scale on the humanitarian architecture?
- What does it demand from the humanitarian community?
- What mechanisms are in place to ensure that it reaches those that need it most?
The webinar recording can be watched here.