Where are we now? Linking humanitarian cash and national social protection - responses to COVID-19


In late 2020,the CALP Network asked members about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic was having on their ways of working with CVA and what elements of thischange might be permanent or temporary. Given that it will have been over a year since the research was conducted and over six months from initial submission, this event is one of three aimed at interrogating the main themes of the report and reflecting on where we are now. We will focuson the various linkages between humanitarian cash and voucher assistance and national social protection systems and ask:

  1. What changes have been adopted and are likely to be permanent, what isstill viewed as being for the pandemic response only? 
  2. What did we miss? 
  3. What important trends have emerged in the last two years? 
  4. What opportunities are there, or what key changes do we need?

This event is one of three held to update the findings of crowdsourced research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with humanitarians working on cash and voucher assistance in between late 2020 and early 2021. This research was published in ODI’s Disasters Journal special issue on Covid-19 ‘Global dimensions, local responses’. There will be two other events focused on digitalisation and remote working and on localisation and local leadership.