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Bigger, better, faster: New learning in cash transfer programming

Time (GMT +01) 11:30 13:30



Wendy Fenton – Coordinator, Humanitarian Practice Network


Paul Harvey – Humanitarian Outcomes and co-author of Good Practice Review 11, Cash transfer programming in humanitarian response

Haley Bowcock – Interim Advocacy Officer, the Cash Learning Partnership

Tim Waites – Disaster Resilience Adviser, Conflict Humanitarian and Security Department, DFID




Breanna Ridsdel – co-editor of HE 54, article author and former CaLP Communications and Advocacy Officer

Degan Ali – Executive Director of Adeso and article author

Calum Mclean – Food Assistance/ Food Security Technical Adviser, ECHO


Cash-based programming is increasingly being used in major emergencies. The discussion is no longer about whether cash transfer programming is a legitimate type of intervention, but about how best to use cash assistance, with increasingly sophisticated approaches being applied in various contexts, including some of the most dangerous and risky environments. Yet in order to realisethe full potential of cash as a response tool, the humanitarian community still needs to address a range of issues including improving market assessment, response analysis, preparedness, coordination and finding ways to work across sectoral boundaries.   

This event launches Issue 54 of the Humanitarian Exchange magazine from the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN), on the theme New Learning in Cash Transfer Programming. Featuring articles from experienced practitioners, the edition assesses the nature of these challenges and outlines ways in which humanitarian organisations are attempting to overcome them.

Speakers in London and Nairobi, drawing on their own experience and analysis, will discuss a wide range of new learning and issues associated with cash transfer programming highlighted in Issue 54 including scaling up, improving response analysis, and overcoming internal barriers to institutionalizing cash programming. The event will be of interest to all agencies involved in humanitarian action, as well as to students, academics and researchers.

 Refreshments will be available from 13:00-13:30.