On 22 March, the ICRC and the Cash Learning Partnership will host a panel discussion at the Humanitarium to mark the publication of the 2018 State of the World's Cash Report. The event will build on the findings of the report to take stock of the current state of Cash transfer programming (CTP) in humanitarian aid, and the extent to which commitments have been achieved, in providing shared insights that can accelerate progress. The panel will comprise senior cash policymakers and practitioners from a range of humanitarian and government actors to discuss the current state of CTP and steps to further integrate it into humanitarian responses, systems and processes.
The event will be followed by a cocktail reception hosted by the ICRC at the Humanitarium. Doors will open at 17:00.
The State of the World's Cash Report draws on inputs from 200 cash practitioners across 35 organisations to present a snapshot of how cash transfer programming is being used in humanitarian assistance, what progress is being made against commitments and targets, and the key actions needed to improve the quality, consistency and outcomes of cash assistance.
Building on the findings of the report and on humanitarian actors' - including the ICRC's work using cash transfers in fragile contexts, this event asks:
• How is CTP being used across responses to meet humanitarin needs?
• What progress is being made against commitments made by humanitarian actors?
• What further changes are necessary to increase the scale and improve the quality of CTP to maximise the benefits for affected people?
• What are the implications of these changes for the role and functions of donors, implementing agencies, coordinating bodies, host governments and the private sector?
- Hugo Slim, Head of Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division, ICRC
- Sophie Tholstrup, Policy Coordinator, CaLP
- Government representative (tbc)
- Olivier Bangerter, Deputy Head of Multilateral Affairs Division, SDC
- Waheed Lor Mehdiabadi, Chief of Cash-Based Interventions, UNHCR
- Jo Burton, Institutional Cash Specialist, ICRC