Cash and voucher programming during COVID-19 for effective and timely emergency preparedness, response, recovery towards financial resilience and social protection mechanism

With the increasing number of affected countries, confirmed and suspected cases, and mortality rates in March 2020, a holistic humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery effort requires flexible adaptive tools. WVI, based on its strategic Cash Roadmap and Our Promise to serve the most vulnerable children and their communities, recommends the use of cash and voucher programming (CVP) modalities. In 2019 WVI reached more than 1.6 million children (out of 3.7 million people total) through CVP. This work enabled local market-based assistance to address preparedness by improving financial resilience, supported survival and basic needs, and enhanced recovery and pathways to financial inclusion and social protection mechanisms for the most vulnerable children, their parents, and caregivers.