Feasibility Study on Cash and Voucher Assistance in Amhara and Gambella regions of Ethiopia

The feasibility study was conducted in the regions of Amhara and Gambella evaluating the different enabling parameters (preconditions) as to understand the suitability of CVA in relation to protection, education, MHM and livelihood outcomes.

To assess the feasibility of the use of CVA modality to meet the emergency needs with respect to Food security, Protection, Education and Livelihoods of the affected communities in Amhara (Northern Crisis) and Gambella regions of Ethiopia.

The feasibility study found cash and/or voucher to be highly feasible for the project interventions to achieve the protection, education and livelihoods outcomes in Ethiopia. Humanitarian agencies have been undertaking CVA covering multiple needs of the affected population. There is a positive appetite for CVA by all stakeholder including the communities, humanitarian agencies, donors, financial service providers and authorities. The use of Cash/Voucher modality differs with the context such as Cash/ voucher is feasible in the IDP (Internal Displaced Person) context while voucher modality is limited to refugee context in Gambella due to the status of people (refugees) and also preferred by the host government. The extent to which CVA has already been used in past and current humanitarian response is a strong indicator of the feasibility of using the modality in future emergencies.