High Level Meeting Report: The need for a humanitarian policy refresh

A high-level meeting titled “The Need for a Humanitarian Policy Refresh” took place on 15 June 2023, organized by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and the CALP Network. The meeting brought together over 130 senior leaders from more than 100 organizations worldwide, including NGOs, UN agencies, government authorities, donors, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, the World Bank, the private sector, and think tanks, to address the pressing issues surrounding cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in humanitarian response.

The purpose of the meeting was to launch a collaborative process to develop a collective vision and to refresh and renew policy commitments, ensuring better assistance for crisis-affected populations globally. The collaborative process intends to drive forward the development of CVA as a key means of achieving more people-centred and effective aid.