Linking humanitarian cash and social protection in Ukraine: Emergency Response inside Ukraine

Eight months after the Russian invasion, Ukraine has rapidly become one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. As of 23 July 2022, 6.3 million people are internally displaced. Of the 10.4 million recorded border crossings to other countries, approximately 4 million migrants have returned to Ukraine.2 With functioning markets in most of the territory, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) prioritized Multipurpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) as the most appropriate humanitarian assistance for the Ukraine crisis. According to the Ukraine Cash Working Group (CWG), there are currently 34 cash actors with operational presence in Ukraine reporting their activities to the cash working group (CWG), and the current cash sector is delivering $763.8 million to 3.93 million people in need.

The CALP Network is the co-facilitator of a Learning Group – working under the governance of the CWG. The overall objective of this group is to identify areas of improvement and collective learning, strengthening the cash response in Ukraine based on global learning and experiences. This thematic paper will contribute to learning by documenting key lessons learnt, emerging critical issues, and real-time recommendations.