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:
- Asia Pacific Regional approach: Livelihoods & Cash Transfer Programming (Draft)
- IFRC Guidelines for Livelihoods programming
- Cash Transfer Programming – Guidelines for mainstreaming and preparedness
- Cash Transfer Programming engaging National Society leadership – Guidance and materials to support internal advocacy
- Guidelines for Cash Transfer Programming
- Cash in Emergencies Toolkit
- Cash Transfer Programming in Urban Emergencies – A Toolkit for Practitioners
- Cash and voucher in relief and recovery: Red Cross Red Crescent good practices
Case Study: Community Engagement for Cash Transfer Programming
The case study highlights the importance of community engagement in cash transfer programming, and it showed the success story of doing so in the cash transfer programming in Typhoon Wutip and Nari operations which the central provinces of Viet Nam in October 2013. To improve preparedness in cash transfer programming, a review was conducted in 2015 to capture best practices in beneficiary targeting and impact stories. This initiative provided an opportunity for community members and local authorities to raise their voice and concerns about the process.
Exploring mobile money transfers through private partnerships in Bangladesh – CTP case study
This case study extracts the lessons learned of implementing a mobile money transfer as a delivery mechanism in the context Bangladesh and the process of engaging with the private sector. Innovation and new technologies are continuously identified and explored as ways to improve CTP (Cash Transfer Programming) which creates exciting opportunities to partner with the private sector.
Viet Nam: Cash transfer programming 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.
- Bangladesh: Exploring mobile money transfers through private partnerships in Bangladesh – CTP case study
- Myanmar: CTP case studies – stories from Kalay Township of Daw San Thida Tun, Daw Tin Oo, and U Pyar Gyi
- Viet Nam: Cash transfer programming in emergencies: A success story from the Viet Nam Red Cross
- Viet Nam: Cash transfer programming in emergencies
Report of assessment of household kits in emergency operations by Viet Nam Red Cross
The “Assessment of the effectiveness of using household (HH) kit in relief activities of the VNRC” aims to: Assess the effectiveness of HH kit used by VNRC in relief activities in recent years, which focus on assessing the relevance of the relief items in the HH kit and distribution method; and propose adjustments for using HH kit in the relief activities by VNRC in Vietnam in the near future, which define the structure and form of relief items, HH kit container and distribution method.
- Cash transfer programming (CTP) quick guide series:
- Report of assessment of effectiveness of the cash transfer programming (CTP) in relief activities of Viet Nam Red Cross
- Report of assessment of household kits in emergency operations by Viet Nam Red Cross