by Gabrielle Smith, Ruth McCormack, Alex Jacobs et al.
The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and Accenture Development Partnerships, February 2018
Cash-based assistance is, in brief, one of the most significant reforms in recent years. There is no longer serious dispute about whether cash can significantly improve humanitarian aid. Established humanitarian actors now invest in cash at greater scale and more consistently than ever before. It is at the forefront of innovation for people in crisis. However, while the overall argument is won, important debates continue about how cash-based assistance should best be used. This is because we are still learning about how best to use cash in different contexts and because it challenges established ways of operating in the humanitarian sector.