In many disasters, although physical markets may be destroyed, market systems continue to function. In such circumstances, cash and vouchers can be used as an effective tool to:
- Deliver timely and cost-effective assistance to disaster affected populations
- Deliver aid in a way that empowers vulnerable people, supports local markets and helps to stimulate the economy
- Effectively support disaster-prone communities and thus reduce the impact of future crises
Despite widespread recognition that cash transfer programming can be an appropriate tool to support populations affected by crisis, this type of programming remains an emerging area for many humanitarian actors.
Vision and aims
Since inception, the core aim of CaLP has been to improve the quality of emergency cash transfer and voucher programming across the humanitarian sector.
CaLP believes that 'humanitarian preparedness, response and early recovery is more effective at meeting the diverse needs of affected people and communities'.
Linked to its vision, CaLP's goal is that 'Cash transfer programming is routinely considered as an appropriate preparedness, emergency response and early recovery option and where implemented is done so, in a high quality and timely manner and when relevant at scale'.