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.