Rapid Reflection on the Scale up of Cash Coordination for the Syria Earthquake Response

The February 2023 earthquakes on the Türkiye–Syria border injured more than 100,000 people, further exacerbating vulnerabilities and increasing humanitarian needs in an area already affected by a 12-year-long conflict and refugee crisis. The magnitude of the disaster and the significant use of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) to respond to the needs emphasized the importance of quality cash coordination. Using the Global Cash Advisory Group (CAG) key performance indicators for cash coordination as a guide, Key Aid Consulting, steered by CALP, produced three short papers. These reflect on the extent to which cash coordination was: (1) timely and effective, and (2) inclusive, transparent and accountable in (i) Türkiye, (ii) Northwest Syria, and (iii) Government-controlled areas (GCAs) of Syria. It draws from eight semi-structured key informants’ interviews, desk review of available literature and a round table organized on 8 August 2023 with key cash stakeholders. This rapid reflection piece looks at how cash coordination structures scaled up in Syria after the Earthquake in February 2023.