Cash Transfers (DG ECHO Thematic Policy Document No 3)

This cash thematic policy summarises the position of the Directorate-General (DG) for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) on the use of cash transfers in responding to humanitarian needs. The primary audience for the policy is DG ECHO’s humanitarian partners and staff. It is also relevant for other humanitarian donors and development donors, including DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), DG International Partnerships (DG INTPA) and civil protection actors.

The document presents operational guidance setting out DG ECHO’s expectations in the field of humanitarian cash assistance. It has been developed on the basis of programmatic best practice. It is a DG ECHO policy, rather than Commission-wide, but it was developed in consultation with DG NEAR and DG INTPA. It draws on existing policies within EU services and policies adopted through collaboration with other stakeholders.