Humanitarian Cash Transfers

The Free Exchange column in this week's Economist discusses the work of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers. Read the full post »
Casual Laborers with the WFP (World Food Program) load food rations onto a truck in the Free Port of Monrovia.
Official USMC photo by Corporal Marcus L. Miller

Transforming Humanitarian Aid with Cash Transfers: High Level Panel Report

A High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers, which I chaired, has concluded that much more humanitarian aid should be provided as cash, rather than as vouchers or in-kind; and that this change should be used to bring about broader reforms of humanitarian aid. Read the full post »
A screenshot of the cover of the magazine, Great Insights, published by ECDPM

Innovative financing for development: as if social returns, incentives, and value for money really mattered

There is an article by Theo Talbot and me in the latest edition of ECDPM’s Great Insights Private Sector Matters.

We argue that rather than subsidising inputs or reducing risk to leverage private finance for development, it would be … Go to to read the rest

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Afghan refugee girls wait at the end of a long line of 150 residents that live in the Farah City District V Refugee Camp to receive donated items sent from the United States and delivered to the camp by the Farah Provincial Reconstruction Team Civil Affairs Team, Jan. 9. The items, including shoes, winter coats and blankets, were sorted and distributed by Abdul Khaaleq Amini, director of the Department of Refugees and Repatriation office for Farah province, with the help of two Afghan national police officers and several refugee elders who also live in the camp.

Here’s a simple way to help refugees: give them cash

Rather than giving refugees food, shelter, water and medical care, it is often better to give them cash. Read the full post »
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On World Humanitarian Day: Could We Do Better with Cash?

World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the courage of humanitarian workers, but also to think about how to improve the system. I am chairing a High Level Panel looking at the role of cash transfers in humanitarian aid.

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