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Cash Learning Partnership

A participant withdraws her monthly transfer. (Credit: Vincent Trousseau / CaLP)

At a glance

CaLP is a partnership for research, information sharing, advocacy and coordination around the appropriate use of Cash Transfers in humanitarian response


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'.

Our approach

CaLP will work during the period 2015-19 to contribute to the achievement of its overall mission which will be done by implementing activities across four main outcomes. These will be supported through four overall areas of activity.

  1. Capacity building
  2. Action research, evidence gathering and dissemination
  3. Facilitation and coordination
  4. Advocacy and Communication

For further details, see the Cash Learning Partnership website.

Cash transfer programming

Since 2010, CaLP has been using cash transfers to help ensure that the humanitarian community has the skills and knowledge needed for effective programming to deliver aid quickly and at-scale to those who need it the most.

Cash Atlas

The Cash Atlas is an interactive mapping tool that aims to visually represent the use of cash transfer programmes during emergencies across the globe. Visit the Cash Atlas webpage to find out more:

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