Operational Cash Concept: SDC's strategic direction on cash transfer programming is defined in the new Operational Cash Concept for 2017-2020.
Despite notable improvements cash and vouchers still accounting for only 7% of assistance delivered globally by all humanitarian actors (data of end of 2016, increase of 1% only since 2015). Large bottlenecks remain (mentality, preparedness, coordination) and need to be addressed in the coming years. Hence SDC/HA keeps an important added-value, especially with its close to 20 years of experience as operational actor & donor.
The concept period is in line with the HA priority themes, the CaLP Board seat, and the targets set by the major humanitarian partners in making sure cash is fully automated in their responses (many have made commitments by 2020 or so, thereby it will be a key period to re-assess engagement). The concept focuses on what is missing for cash to reach proper scale (shift from the "why not cash?" as everyone now knows its benefits, to the "how to do it"):
The previous Concept is still available here: Operational Concept on CTP 2015-2016.
Position Paper: The main purpose of the position paper is to define the position of Switzerland/SDC/HA vis-a-vis CTP in general, new developments, and to define SDC's expectations towards its main partners when it comes to using cash transfer modalities in humanitarian response. The target audience of this paper are all SDC staff members (including SHA members deployed in cash transfer programmes) that interact with operational partners and donors in the implementation of humanitarian response.
Complementary information on the link with Social Protection:
SDC Issue paper on Social Protection, produced by HA in collaboration with the South Cooperation, and approved by the SDC Dirko in March 2017.
Summary of a workshop on humanitarian cash and shock-responsive social protection, March 2017.