Cash Coordination in the Philippines: A review of lessons learned during the response to super Typhoon Haiyan

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Over the last five years there has been a growing trend towards the use of cash transfer programming (CTP) as a response modality in emergencies across the humanitarian sector. The fungibility of cash, when provided without restrictions, offers increased choice for affected populations to meet cross-sectoral needs according to their priorities. As a result, there is a growing interest in the mainstreaming of cash transfers in response, recovery and rehabilitation, and in the potential of so called multi-purpose cash grants within some international non-government organisations and donors. The effective and appropriate use of CTP requires strong intra and inter-agency coordination and communication between various actors across sectoral divisions, which poses particular challenges as well as opportunities for aid coordination efforts. The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and UNHCR commissioned this review in order to document lessons learnt on the effectiveness of cash coordination during the initial three to four months of the response to Typhoon Haiyan, and to provide recommendations on inter-agency and cross-sectoral coordination. 
  The Cash Learning Partnership CASH COORDINATION IN THE PHILIPPINES: A REVIEW OF LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE RESPONSE TO SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN     P    h   o   t   o   :    C   a   r   o    l    i   n   e    G    l   u   c    k    /    O   x    f   a   m  2 The online version of this study If you are reading the online version of this study, clicking on any of the blue links will take you to a web page.  The text in the table of contents, above, is linked to its respective page. At any point in the document, please click on the ‘C’ in the top left hand corner and this will take you straight back to the contents page.  3 CASH COORDINATION IN THE PHILIPPINES: A REVIEW OF LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE RESPONSE TO SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN GABRIELLE SMITH March 2015 About the author Gabrielle Smith is a cash transfer specialist with over ten years experience in social and economic development and humanitarian programming. She was formerly technical adviser for cash transfers and safety nets at Concern Worldwide.  4 CASH COORDINATION IN THE PHILIPPINES CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 6ACRONYMS 7EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 8 1 INTRODUCTION 17 1.1 BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE FOR THE STUDY 171.1.1 Trends in cash transfer programming and implications for the coordination of aid 171.1.2 The humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan 181.2 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY 21 2 METHODOLOGY 23 2.1 SCOPE OF THE STUDY 232.2 STUDY APPROACH 23 3 INTER󰀭AGENCY COORDINATION OF CASH TRANSFERS 25 3.1 THE ROLE AND ADDED VALUE OF A DEDICATED OCHA CASH COORDINATOR 253.1.1 Background 253.1.2 Experiences of cash coordination through the OCHA Cash Coordinator 253.2 ROLE AND ADDED VALUE OF THE CASH WORKING GROUP 333.2.1 Background 333.2.2 Experiences of the Cash Working Group 343.3 CASH PROGRAMMING AND THE CLUSTER SYSTEM 413.3.1 Background 413.3.2 Experiences of cash coordination in the cluster system 413.4 LESSONS EMERGING FROM CASH COORDINATION DURING HAIYAN 483.4.1 Added value of the Cash Coordinator and Cash Working Group 483.4.2 The need for resources 503.4.3 Clarity on roles and responsibilities 503.4.4 The importance of preparedness 513.4.5 Linking with actors outside the traditional humanitarian sphere 513.4.6 The potential of and barriers to MPCG and implications for the cluster system 51 4 COORDINATING EMERGENCY RESPONSE WITH THE 4PS PROGRAMME 54 C
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