In many disasters, although physical markets may be destroyed, market system continue to function. In such circumstances, cash based assistance can be found as an effective tool to:
- Delivery 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
During the last ten years, the international humanitarian system has recognised the immense potential of cash transfer programming (CTP). Evidence to date has demonstrated that, in the right circumstances, giving cash is a more efficient and effective way to provide aid than traditional in-kind assistance. CTP stimulates local economies to assist recovery and strengthens the dignity of people in crisis. When cash is used well, it enables limited aid budgets to achieve greater humanitarian results.
Vision and aims
CaLP believes that when appropriately incorporated into humanitarian response planning that includes access to goods and services, CTP presents opportunities for effective and efficient programming to meet the needs of people and communities affected by crises. With the number, scale and complexity of humanitarian crises increasing, CaLP acts as a catalyst for positive transformation within the sector.
CaLP's vision is that humanitarian assistance creates the greatest value, choice and dignity for people in crisis and its mission is to radically increase the scale and quality of cash transfer programming as a tool for humanitarian assistance.