Cash in Emergencies

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Ines Dalmau : Course developer and tutor

Ines Dalmau

Course developer and tutor

Ines holds a degree in Political Science and Sociology, postgraduate qualifications in Social Research, Humanitarian Aid and Development and a Master Degree in Business and Administration (MBA)

She is a humanitarian aid professional with over 17 years of experience in assessment, program design, implementation and evaluation that has worked in relief, recovery and long-term development programs covering post-conflict, slow-onset and sudden disasters. She has particular expertise in the livelihoods sector, Cash Transfer Programming/markets analysis and a robust experience in capacity building and as a facilitator.

As an independent consultant, she currently works mostly on the design and delivery of training and conducting needs assessments and evaluations. She has developed and delivered several trainings for UNHCR, the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement, and AECID.


Introduction to Cash and Voucher Assistance / Cash Transfer Programming

  • CVA/CTP Definition
  • Modalities and types of CVA/CTP
  • Why and when to use CVA/CTP
  • Operators and CVA/CTP

Assessment: Cash feasibility, appropriateness and risk analysis

  • The CVA Project cycle: specifications
  • Cash feasibility and appropriateness
  • CVA and Risk analysis

Assessment: Market analysis

  • Introduction
  • Market assessment tools
  • Emergency Mapping Market Analysis (EMMA)
  • Market analysis

Response Options Analysis (ROA)

  • What is response options analysis?
  • Response options analysis tools
  • Criteria to assess and select the best option
  • Value for money

Setting the Value of the Grant (SVG)

  • SVG to meet basic needs
  • SVG to support shelter recovery
  • SVG via Cash for Work projects
  • Adjust the value
  • Frequency of payments

Delivery mechanisms

  • Delivery mechanisms, agents and instruments
  • Conditions of different mechanisms
  • Tips for delivery mechanisms and instruments
  • Select the appropriate delivery mechanism and instrument

Implementation and monitoring

  • Implementation: selecting financial providers and partners
  • Implementation: distribution and delivery
  • Effective Monitoring
  • Monitoring: Examples of indicators and tools

Preparedness for CVA/CTP

  • Key activities in CVA/CTP Preparedness
  • Dimensions of preparedness
  • Tips for CVA preparedness
  • The Organisational Cash Readiness Tool (OCRT)


A cry from voiceless school girl in Shinyanga region, Tanzania

A cry from a voiceless school girl

Tanzania’s efforts to see all school-aged children in primary school got well underway in 2002 with implementation of the Primary Education Development Plan (PEDP) where the planned enrolment of 1,500,000 children was exceeded. The abolition of mandatory contributions including school fees and relaxation of the uniform requirement were among the steps taken under the education sector reform process, which aims to have all primary school aged children in school by 2006.

Quick guide for education in emergencies

The right to education is an internationally recognized human right; it is also more than that, it is the tool through which people exercise and defend the rest of their human rights.

However, per UNESCO, in 2014 there were 58 million children around the world who were not in school. The percentage of girls deprived of education is higher than the percentage of boys since gender still represents an obstacle in many cultures. Furthermore, UNESCO recognizes that, if this tendency persists, 4 out of 10 of those children

Training during emergencies?

Alberto Martos Sauquillo

Very interesting this Sphere article, also based on a Lutheran World Relief’s report.

Yes, you definitely need an experienced team in an emergency if you want results in a complex situation, but an emergency is also the perfect place to learn about emergencies. And we all can learn, both novices and experts.

Practical guide for the distribution of non-food products in emergency situations

In emergency situations, it is common for chaos and disorganization to prevail. This is due to the necessity of the ones who are affected and deprived of basic needs for protection, survival and preservation of their dignity.

In accordance with the Humanitarian Charter, International Law and the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross/Red Crescent movements and NGOs; we must have and preserve minimum standards regarding housing, human settlements and non-food items. The focus is on keeping human rights: dignity, right to live, protection, security as well as the right to receive humanitarian assistance, as needed.

People affected by a disaster must have access to basic products that ensure they have the satisfaction of the basic human needs. Therefore, access to priority products such as clothes, blankets as well as means to prepare and consume food and items for personal hygiene to preserve health, privacy and dignity, must be ensured.

The distribution of non-food products is closely linked to and complemented with other camp’s sectors such as food, water, sanitation, health, nutrition and protection. A Skilled management of the distribution of non-food product is required to help strengthen the effort or the humanitarian aid carried out in other sectors associated with the emergency or disaster plan.

This guide is a communicative important instrument in the distribution of non-food products.  Through its different steps, it facilitates humanitarian actors their technical and ordered intervention, making their work easier for the benefit of those who receive humanitarian aid. At the same time this guide offers a sense of order, exposing clearly the procedure of distribution of non-food products.

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The Logical Framework Approach and the elimination landmines and ERW in South Sudan

Local Deminer South Sudan

South Sudan is the newest and one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. It has suffered significant conflict through multiple civil wars spanning over 30 years and as a consequence is heavily contaminated with the Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).

This contamination combined with a severe lack of roads and other infrastructure is impeding humanitarian development. To help manage

Monitoring Sexual Violence in Conflict

This paper provides a theoretical framework for the measurement of levels of Sexual Violence in any given conflict.

Sexual Violence in Conflict is a global phenomenon both historical and current. Its roots can be traced back to the beginning of history. The modern age produced famous cases such as the Rape of Nanjing in 1936 and the Balkan conflict in the nineties – and less well known cases such as the rape of

Italy, the forced repatriation and the application of the Non-Refouelement principle

Since the signing of the Schengen treaty, circulation of people across Europe became much easier. We are now free to move and live in any European Union country we choose, as the internal borders exist only on (the) maps. But what about the EU’s external borders? How are they protected and whose task is it to protect them?

An Reintegration Strategy for Ex-combatants in the Central African Republic

In 2012-2013, the Central African Republic was once again rocked by a paroxysm of violence. It is a cyclical phenomenon that has occurred eight times since independence. The response by the international community and the Central African Republic has always been the same; a national peace dialogue, ‘peace agreements’, disarmament and demobilisation followed by hasty elections. The results equally remain the same; 5-10 years after the peace building, another cycle of violence often happens.

Persons with disabilities in the workplace: an advocacy strategy

The overall objective of the Advocacy Intervention is to raise the awareness of the business owners, Human Resources Managers, and big companies in order to recognize the importance of hiring PWDs and thus contribute to poverty reduction and to improve their livelihood through integrating them in the workplace.

In this sense, the campaign will target businessmen, the government institutions, and government administrative sectors, law and policy decision makers and the human resources managers of the different companies who work in all different