Counting cash: tracking humanitarian expenditure on cash-based programming

by Alexandra Spencer, Chloe Parrish and Charlotte Lattimer
Overseas Development Institute, December 2016

31 pp. 348 kB

Data from aid agencies suggests that, in 2015, at least US$ 1.9 billion was spent on humanitarian assistance in the form of cash-based responses (51% cash and 49% vouchers). There is currently no systematic tracking of the volume of humanitarian assistance delivered in the form of cash and vouchers. The overarching barrier to better data on expenditure by modality is the lack of a single, comprehensive systematic means of reporting on programming by cash, voucher and in-kind assistance. Establishing a common approach requires a concerted global effort to develop and align systems and standards, promote comprehensive reporting, and ensure that information is analysed and used.

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