CTP sub cluster 23-09-2010.pdf - Food Security Clusters

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CTP sub cluster 23-09-2010.pdf - Food Security Clusters

Food Cluster

Strengthening Humanitarian Response

PAKISTAN

Cash Transfer for Food Assistance

Sub-Cluster Meeting

Islamabad

23 September 2010

Participants

CWS HIN IRC

OCHA OXFAM WFP

Agenda

Agenda Points:

(1) Adoption of Minutes of last meeting

(2) NADRA cash for Relief Programme

(3) Tips on Cash Based Programme

(4) Next Steps

(5) AOB

Action points

1) Technical group formed by alliance of NGOs to continue initiated work on preparing

guidance and tools for harmonizing cash transfer programmes in the flood response;

2) The inter-cluster group on cash transfer to continue meeting on an ad-hoc basis. The

group will be chaired by a person from the technical working group and one UN

agency;

3) The technical working group to accommodate new and relevant interested

participants as members of this technical group;

4) The technical group to provide presentations to the inter-cluster group on guideline

materials, tools and progress of cash transfer projects;

5) The frequency of meetings of the inter-cluster group to be linked with the technical

group, as it will be discussing matters forwarded by the technical group.

1) Adoption of Minutes of last meeting

The 16 December meeting minutes were endorsed without comments.

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2) NADRA Cash for Relief Programme

NADRA was not able to attend the meeting and the agenda point has therefore been

postponed until a later meeting.

3) Tips on Cash Based Programme

Based on the issues raised at the previous meeting on cash transfers for food assistance,

the following tips and guidance were provided:

Transfer rate: Factors to consider when setting the transfer size include:

o Objective of cash assistance;

o Minimum wage in labour market, or local market value of equivalent assistance

in-kind;

o Adjusting rates when moving from relief to recovery.

• NADRA will be deeply involved and thoroughly consulted when developing

guidelines and standards. NADRA is implementing the Government’s cash for relief

assistance programme and is the responsible government authority that issues the

National Identity cards (NIC);

• Market monitoring: Agencies involved in cash transfers should establish regular

market monitoring to assess fluctuations in prices and availability of commodity;

• Project design should include a contingency to adjust transfer value or type (from

cash to in-kind or vice-versa) with fluctuations in market prices. A question to be

considered is at what threshold or trigger the transfer value will be adjusted, or

transfer modality changed;

• The provision of cash assistance should be based on assessments and identified

needs rather than individuals registered for humanitarian assistance. Having proper

identification documents should not be a requirement for being registered as

beneficiary.

4) Next Steps

The coordination structure for agencies involved in cash-based programmes was

discussed at length, with the following conclusions:

• A Technical Working group was recently established by an alliance of 6 NGOs

(OXFAM, IRC, ACTED, Save the Children, ACF and Care). The group has started

working on the harmonization of cash transfer rates, transfer mechanisms,

monitoring etc. Once the tools have been put in place, the group is open to be

expanded to include technical experts from other major actors in cash transfers. It

will develop specific criteria for inclusion. It was suggested that all relevant clusters

are represented in the working group;

• The sub-cluster on cash transfers for food assistance which was established under

the food cluster will be replaced by a wider inter-agency cluster on cash-based

programming. This will include a wider forum than the technical working group;

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• The technical working group will develop practical guidelines and standards for cash

transfers in the Pakistan flood response (including all relevant sectors), and manage

coordination and information sharing related to cash transfer projects. It will

initially meet every 2 weeks and work together informally in between;

• The technical working group will present draft documents and guidelines to the

wider inter-cluster group on cash-based programming. The inter-cluster group will

meet on less regular basis, and whenever draft guidelines/ documents/ information

is ready for presentation;

• The inter-cluster group will be chaired by one NGO being member of the technical

working group, and one UN agency (WFP was suggested);

• The Cash Learning Partnership Discussion Forum (CALP) is recruiting a full-time

inter-agency coordinator for cash based programming, to be based with OXFAM.

This person will lead the technical working group and probably also the inter-cluster

group;

• Uniform guidelines prepared by the technical working group and adopted by the

wider inter-cluster group should be brought down to provincial level as concrete

guidance for interventions in the various sectors.

5) AOB

WFP will organize a ½ day workshop during the first week of October on cash transfers.

The evaluation of a cash transfer pilot programme implemented by WFP in Buner in

2009 will be presented. Other cash programme actors are welcome to present lessons

learnt from other projects. Invitations will be circulated once a date and time is agreed

upon.

The next meeting will be called for once the technical working group is ready to present

the output of their work to the larger inter-cluster group.

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Cluster website: http://foodsecuritycluster.org/pakistan-floods-2010

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