Descriptive Mapping of the Use of Digital Cash Transfer Modalities

The scale-up of Cash and Voucher Assistance is catalysing rapid change in the humanitarian sector: new operational models, changing use of technology, evolving partnerships with private sector actors, and stronger links between humanitarian assistance and other types of financial flows. In particular, the use of digital payments or e-transfers in humanitarian settings has increased significantly in recent years. This rapid literature review collates evidence from academic, policy focussed and grey literature on the use of digital cash transfer modalities and provides a non-exhaustive descriptive mapping of some of the modalities used by selected donors and organisations. Cash transfers are one of the most heavily researched approaches in humanitarian aid, evaluations have established that they can be effective at achieving a wide range of aims. These evaluations have also appraised the relative utility of different modalities for delivery.