CashCap experts coordinate cash and market-based responses, and support the development of system-wide policies and strategies on the use of cash-based interventions in emergencies. Their aim is to ensure that people affected by crises are empowered and receive dignified assistance. Whether cash is the best way of doing so depends on the context.
In Iraq, with around 3.2 million people displaced and the country hosting more than 244,000 refugees, humanitarian organisations made increasing use of cash-based interventions towards the end of 2015.
CashCap experts were deployed to ensure better coordination between UN agencies, NGOs and donors on the ground. This was particularly important in identifying and targeting the most vulnerable and needy beneficiaries, and ensuring delivery mechanisms were effective.
Cash transfer symposium
In April 2016, a Humanitarian Cash Transfer Symposium was held in Nigeria, initiated by two CashCap experts. The two-day event, with participants from both the humanitarian community and private sector, was supported by NORCAP in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
One of the CashCap experts also interviewed NGOs about their cash transfer services and services to internally displaced people in North East Nigeria (see video below).