P2P Webinar : Are Cash Transfers Transforming Humanitarian Assistance? Session 1


The Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT) is pleased to invite you to a 90-minute webinar on


The humanitarian system is under intense pressure. The number of people affected by crises is increasing at a faster rate than resources are being provided to meet the needs. Humanitarian partners need to look at more efficient and effective ways to make limited humanitarian aid budgets go further. It has been demonstrated in many contexts that giving aid directly in the form of cash is both an effective and efficient way to maximise the impact of humanitarian assistance, but a recent multi-partner study identified that only 6% of total humanitarian spending goes on cash.

The use of cash in humanitarian response has many benefits: it maintains dignity and provides affected people with the ability to prioritise their own needs; it stimulates local economies; it gets assistance to people rapidly; and it reduces the overheads involved in delivering relief items.

This webinar looks at the mechanisms and modalities of cash assistance, with a particular focus on how cash was planned and implemented following the Ghorka earthquake in Nepal, and summarises the use of cash in humanitarian crises. It also introduces discussions on the possibilities for expanding the role of cash assistance in the future. The session will be introduced and facilitated by Panos Moumtzis, Director of the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT). The panellists and presenters will be:

Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, Nepal
Mr. Peter McGeachie, Regional Director (South Asia), Help Age International
Ms. Rita Dhakal, DanChurchAid, representing the Association of International NGOs in Nepal
Ms. Rosie Jackson, Technical Advisor, Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP)
Mr. Tim Waites, Senior Livelihoods and Disaster Resilience Advisor UK Department for International Development, (DFID)


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