CaLP´s Policy Roundup
This roundup is an attempt to summarise the big issues related to cash transfers programmes (CTPs), highlight opportunities to engage with and influence major workstreams. In this edition, you will find recent progress and opportunities for engagement, donor takeaways (including a mission to Jordan and Lebanon and a request for inputs to improve donor coordination around CTPs), the relaunching of CaLPs Global Cash Policy Network, etc.
On cash coordination, there’s been some significant progress over the last few months thanks to the collective efforts of donors, the Global Clusters, Cash Working Groups and others. In late 2017, the Global Cluster Coordination Group agreed, building on recommendations including the World Bank’s Strategic Note: Cash Transfers in Humanitarian Contexts and the GPPi White Paper on Cash Coordination, that ensuring effective cash coordination across the humanitarian response sector/ system should be the responsibility of the Inter-Cluster or Inter-Sector Coordination group, in settings where these exist. This is reflected in the updated standard Terms of Reference for Inter-Cluster Coordination Groups, which specify that groups have the responsibility for “identifying and facilitating the coordination of multisectoral or joint programming such as multisectoral or multipurpose cash transfers, and ensuring strategic and streamlined cash coordination throughout the response.” The document recommends that Cash Working Groups are formalized as sub-groups of the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group.
You may also be interested in the panel discussion on the opportunity of CTPs in helping to reform the humanitarian system organized by the Centre for Global Development in the occasion of the launch of the State of World´s Cash Report on 9 May 2018. If you´re interested in case studies, the Annex of the report brings cases from Nepal, Somalia, Lebanon, Nigeria, among others.