Cash and voucher assistance (CVA) has proven to be an effective, efficient and dignified way to help vulnerable people access basic needs in humanitarian contexts. Programmes that use cash programmes are able to link them up to other desirable outcomes. These outcomes can be on different areas including basic needs, education, shelter, heath, livelihood and protection. In this way it is used as a catalyst for enabling solutions in self-reliance, financial inclusion, social cohesion and protection. Families and children have been shown to benefit from both conditional and unconditional cash transfer programmes. It is recognized that CVA along with case management is well positioned to contribute to protection outcomes for children. This means it aims to prevent, reduce or mitigate exposure to protections risks or limiting the effects of violations on victims.
The Safer Cash Toolkit, funded by USAID, is designed to capture the minimum amount of protection-related information in emergency settings to ensure that organizations can make informed decisions on how to design, implement and adjust CVA programs at the field level to prevent and minimize harm.
The Safer Cash Toolkit is a set of three tools and additional guidance to:
1) Generate awareness and understanding of potential protection risks and who is most affected by such risks through a staff training;
2) Ensure cash programs are systematically collecting and using data based on the potential risks to the target population to inform program design;
3) Monitor the risks, and where possible, make adjustments in the current program cycle or learn for the next program cycle.
Program Implementation Note (PIN) on the inclusion of Cash within Child protection Case Management will be soon finalized and ready to be adapted for the context of each country.