Swiss Humanitarian Aid is a pioneer in using cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in humanitarian assistance. While it is only in the last fifteen years that the use of the modality has significantly increased in global humanitarian responses, the SDC has been using cash assistance since the late 1990s. The SDC started to use cash transfers in response to the humanitarian crises in Kosovo in 1999 as one of the first actors implementing CVA in humanitarian response. At the time, the SDC was considered one of the few donors “showing early support" for the use of CVA. Ever since then, the SDC has been a strong advocate for CVA and has mainly engaged in four ways:
The SDC's experience in CVA is highly recognised and appreciated internationally. It evolved from being a pioneer in using CVA to being an active operational actor, a recognised UN standby partner, and a strong promoter of and advocate for CVA.