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Four ways to join the cash revolution

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Time (GMT +01) 10:00 11:30
Hero image description: Beneficiary of a cash distribution in Yemen Image credit:Rashad Saeed/Oxfam Image license:CC-BY-NC-ND

This event is part of this project:

High level panel on humanitarian cash transfers

Moderator:
Sara Pantuliano – Managing Director, Overseas Development Institute

Panelists:
Monique Pariat – Director-General of the Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
Ertharin Cousin – Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP)
Manuel Bessler – Head of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
Gareth Owen – Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK

Discussants:
Danny Sriskandarajah – Secretary General, CIVICUS World Alliance For Citizen Participation and member of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
Owen Barder – Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and Chair of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash transfers
 

Description

If all the evidence demonstrated that a certain aid intervention was better for beneficiaries, and more cost-effective and efficient to deliver, in almost all contexts, you would assume it would be the default way of delivering aid.

You would be wrong. 

Cash transfers, despite all the evidence pointing to their benefits, currently make up only 6% of all humanitarian aid. But a cash revolution is slowly picking up speed.

In his report on the World Humanitarian Summit, Ban Ki-moon called for cash to be the preferred and default method of support – conditions permitting. The influential High Level Panels on Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Humanitarian Financing have also both put forward ambitious agendas related to cash transfers, with scaling up cash identified as a key priority. A system-wide scale-up of cash can enable greater choice, support the dignity and empowerment of affected populations, create economic multipliers that strengthen local markets, and deliver assistance more efficiently and effectively. 

This World Humanitarian Summit side event sees leading thinkers putting forward their propositions on how aid agencies, donors and governments can join the cash revolution – and revolutionise humanitarian aid in the process.

Please register your interest in joining us in Istanbul by emailing [email protected].

This event will be livestreamed using Periscope, please click the button below during the event to watch live: 

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