The regional perspective

The IFRC aims to strengthen the Livelihood [link to FedNet, log in and password are required] approaches of member National Societies’ across the Asia Pacific. Having a readiness to focus on earlier on rebuilding livelihoods will limit the negative impacts of risky coping strategies, kick-start early recovery and contribute to the overall community resilience to natural disasters and other shocks.

Cash transfer based programming (CTP) [link to FedNet, log in and password are required] is an effective and flexible mechanism to save lives, protect livelihoods and strengthen recovery from disasters that not only improves choice and dignity for disaster-affected communities, but also can be quicker, greener and more cost-effective than in-kind based assistance. It can stimulate local livelihoods, economies and markets and ensure that harm is not done to the local economy through our humanitarian response.

The IFRC will continue to seek appropriate approaches to delivering relief assistance, diversifying its response options by mainstreaming livelihoods and cash into its relief and recovery programmes so that disaster affected communities are able to meet their diverse needs in the most appropriate, timely and dignified way.

Livelihoods and cash transfer programming related online coursed available on IFRC Learning Platform are:

  • Introduction to Cash Transfer Programming

    2 hours – CaLP / IFRC

  • Urban Cash Transfer Programming and Livelihoods

    1 hour – CaLP

  • Market Assessments: Introduction

    30 minutes

  • Market Assessments: Rapid Assessment for Markets (RAM)

    1 hour

  • Basics of Livelihoods

    1 hour

e-mail: Disaster Risk Management Delegate, Hung Ha Nguyen, at

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Bangladesh: Exploring mobile money transfers through private partnerships in Bangladesh - CTP case study
The case studies captures the stories from the beneficiaries of Myanmar Red Cross Society cash transfer programming in Kalay, Myanmar. These stories are of:

Daw San Thida Tun, 27 years
Daw Tin Oo, 90 years
U Pyar Gyi, 44 years
The case study provides experience sharing of good practices and lessons learnt from practical implementation of National Societies for disaster response practices, especially in emergencies.
The 4-page case study provides experience sharing of good practices and lessons learnt from practical implementation of National Societies for cash transfer programming in emergencies, by taking the lessons from the emergency operations from Typhoon Ketsana which hit Viet Nam in September 2009.
This booklet can be used as an introduction to the cash transfer in emergencies of the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC). This is not a technical guidance. The purpose of the booklet is to increase the awareness and general knowledge of cash transfer programming.
Assessment of effectiveness of the cash transfer programming (CTP) in relief activities of Viet Nam Red Cross

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