Cash Voucher Assistance, Social protection and Cash Plus programmes

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About the webinar

We are happy to welcome you to another webinar on Cash Voucher Assistance (CVA). This time we examine the linkages between CVA and social protection and Cash Plus programmes. We closely follow a Case Study by Mercy Corps that looks into impact programs that combine cash interventions with vocational trainings on violence reduction. You can view the Case Study here.

In summary, we explore:

Linkages to social protection; Current status:

  • Maturity of social protection systems and function of humanitarian response
  • Opportunities and barriers
  • Factors that influence coordination between CVA and social protection
  • Introduction of Case Study: Can economic interventions reduce violence?
  • Future Priority actions

Information management design:

  • How can the use of technology and information management support efficient implementation? Example using ActivityInfo based on the Case Study
  • Key considerations for information management design

View the presentation slides of the Webinar.

Is this Webinar for me?

  • Are you working on cash based interventions or is this a field that interests you?
  • Are you looking for guidance on how information management can support the combination of CVA and social protection?
  • Do you wish to ask questions about information management for CVA?

Then, watch our webinar!

Questions and Answers

I am working at Medical Teams International and we are running CVA activities to support the nutrition program. Which kind of modality of cash transfer do you think is better to minimize risks for both beneficiaries and the organization?

The modalities for cash transfers are better determined based on the socio-political context. However, I would suggest mobile money transfers as a secure and efficient modality for cash transfers, minimizing risks for beneficiaries and the organization by providing traceable transactions while avoiding physical cash handling. This is only if they are a viable option based on the context.

What can cause lack of coordination between the actors?

A lack of coordination between actors in humanitarian efforts, such as those related to CVA activities, can stem from various factors including communication barriers, competing priorities based on branding issue and targeting, resource constraints, information gaps, power dynamics, organizational cultures, geographical challenges, and political/security issues.

How could we explicitly identify beneficiaries benefiting from multiple interventions using digital technology?

To explicitly identify beneficiaries benefiting from multiple interventions using digital technology, a centralized database or information management system can be established to record beneficiary information and track the interventions they receive. Each beneficiary can be assigned a unique identifier that is used across different interventions and organizations, facilitating easy cross-referencing and identification of those receiving multiple services. Data sharing protocols and agreements between organizations can enable secure exchange of information, while integration of digital systems allows for real-time sharing of beneficiary data and reduces duplication of services. Additionally, by implementing biometric identification systems for verification and conducting regular data audits, organizations can ensure accurate identification of beneficiaries benefiting from more than one intervention.

About the Speakers

Eliza Avgeropoulou earned her BSc from Athens University of Economics and Business, and her MSc degree in Economic Development and Growth from Lund University and Carlos III University, Madrid. She brings eight years of experience in M&E in international NGOs, including CARE, Innovations for Poverty Action and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The past five years, she has led the MEAL system design for various multi-stakeholders’ projects focusing on education, livelihoods, protection and cash. She believes that evidence-based decision making is the core of high quality program implementation. She now joins us as our M&E Implementation Specialist, bringing together her experience on the ground and passion for data-driven decision making to help our customers achieve success with ActivityInfo.

Victoria Manya has a diverse background and extensive expertise in data-driven impact, project evaluation, and organizational learning. She holds a Master's degree in local development strategies from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the African Studies Center at Leiden University. With over ten years of experience, Victoria has collaborated with NGOs, law firms, SaaS companies, tech-enabled startups, higher institutions, and governments across three continents, specializing in research, policy, strategy, knowledge valorization, evaluation, customer education, and learning for development. Her previous roles as a knowledge valorization manager at the INCLUDE platform and as an Organizational Learning Advisor at Sthrive B.V. involved delivering high- quality M&E reports, trainings, ensuring practical knowledge management, and moderating learning platforms, respectively. Today, as a Customer Education Specialist at ActivityInfo, Victoria leverages her experience and understanding of data leverage to assist customers in successfully deploying ActivityInfo.

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