Hype or Hope: Can Cash Transfer Programming Help Reform the Humanitarian System?

For the launch of the 2018 The State of the World’s Cash report, the Center for Global Development in Washington organized a panel to discuss the potential of cash transfer programmin in helping reform the humanitarian system. 

In recent years, cash transfer programming (CTP) has emerged as one of the most significant innovations in international humanitarian assistance. Our State of the World’s Cash report estimates that $2.8 billion was spent on cash and voucher programming in 2016, up 40% from 2015 and nearly double since 2014. Cash and voucher programming has demonstrated positive outcomes in addressing food security, access to education, healthcare, and economic recovery, in addition to supporting choice and dignity among affected populations.

While CTP is widely recognized as a crucial tool in humanitarian response, there are still several hurdles to further scaling up its use.  This panel discussion explores these obstacles, possible solutions, and more, including how donors and aid groups can work together toward a common vision and deployment of cash transfers.

Featuring:

Dr. Radha Rajkotia, Senior Technical Director, Economic Recovery and Development, International Rescue Committee

Dr. Danielle Mutone-Smith, Division Director, Policy, Partnerships, Program & Communications, Office of Food for Peace, U.S. Agency for International Development

Lynn Yoshikawa, Regional Representative, Americas, The Cash Learning Partnership

Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development