Monday, June 1, 2020

The Caribbean is ‘cash ready’ – but are humanitarian actors?

The Caribbean Atlantic hurricane season starts today, amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 response. At the launch of CaLP’s “Winds of Change” briefing note on the use of CVA in the Caribbean, Ms. Andria Grosvenor, Acting Deputy Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) stated, “The relevance of cash and voucher assistance in the Caribbean increases one thousand fold.” The region’s generally strong financial infrastructure, markets, local capacities and social protection systems provide significant opportunities for scaling up humanitarian CVA. Despite these opportunities, CaLP’s research found international humanitarian actors were challenged by their limited institutional presence and the Caribbean’s often under-estimated... Read More