by Amy Fairbairn
Mercy Corps, January 4, 2017
In the last decade, cash transfer programming has gained tremendous momentum across the aid sector; in 2016, the UN Secretary General called for it to be the default method of support for crisis-affected people where the situation allows. When we say “cash,” we are talking about a direct way of putting support into the hands of people who need it, in the most effective and sustainable way. Cash gives people dignity. It allows them to make their own decisions and choices about what they need and when. Cash is efficient, flexible, easier and safer to deliver than handing out food or goods. And because it is more cost-effective, it also saves donors’ and taxpayers’ money.