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8 International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Guidelines for cash transfer programming A revised edition of the guidelines is planned for 2009. A feedback form is attached at the end of the document in order to allow field practitioners to contribute to the improvement of the document. Thank you for using this form. Given the variety of contexts in which the Movement is involved, some elements of the guidelines may need to be adapted. Remember to remain flexible and aware of the local reality: there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ approach. 1. Introduction The need to develop cash guidelines for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was identified at a seminar hosted by the International Federation’s secretariat in May 2006. The International Federation’s Disaster Preparedness and Relief Commission endorsed the outcomes of the seminar in 2006, in particular the need to normalize the use of cash in multi-sectoral integrated programming, planning and disaster preparedness, and to help build capacity on how to start cash programmes. Building on the broad range of cash experiences within the Movement and in the humanitarian sector, these guidelines provide practical, step-by-step support to the design and implementation of cash programmes. 1.1 Who are these guidelines for? The guidelines are for field practitioners with experience of humanitarian programmes. This includes generalists such as programme managers or relief coordinators, as well as specialists on food security,* economic security,* livelihoods* or shelter. The guidelines are designed for use by the entire Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, whether operating at national or international level or based in headquarters, the field or a branch office. 1.2 When to use the guidelines The guidelines cover all aspects of the programme cycle, from assessment,* design, implementation, to monitoring* and evaluation.* They can be used following a rapid assessment and also to support programmes at any point of the disaster cycle – disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response or recovery – or in a situation of conflict or political instability. 1.3 How to use these guidelines The objective of the guidelines is twofold. First, it aims at helping to decide whether a cash programme is an appropriate response. Second, if a cash transfer is deemed appropriate, it provides practical, step-by-step guidance about how to design and implement a cash programme. In many situations, these guidelines will be used alongside other existing guidelines which are referred to in the relevant chapters. Important points that are essential reading for all users of these guidelines appear as notes in the margin bands. The guidelines are divided into three sections: ➥ The first section, Implementing cash programmes, is organized around the programme cycle and provides essential background information for designing and implementing cash transfer programmes. ➥ The Guidance sheets in Section B give step-by-step guidance on particular forms of cash transfers, once the decision has been made to implement a particular type of programme. The guidance sheets cover unconditional cash transfers,* cash transfer for support to livelihoods, voucher transfers, cash-for-work programmes, seed voucher fairs, and cash transfers in social assistance* programmes. ➥ Section C provides Practical tools designed to assist the programme design and implementation in areas which require specific technical guidance. * The definition of terms followed by an asterisk can be found in the glossary (see page 4).

Guidelines for cash transfer programming Implementing cash programmes Figure 1. Guidelines for cash transfer programming Section A Implementing cash programmes Section B Guidance sheets 1. Unconditional cash transfers 4. Cash for work programmes 2. Cash transfers 5. Seed voucher fairs for support to livelihoods 6. Cash transfers in 3. Voucher transfers social assistance programmes Section C Practical tools 1. Cash assessment checklist 5. Assessing financial institutions 2. Market assessment 6. Post-distribution monitoring 3. Community-based targeting 7. Planning financial flows 4. Direct cash transfers step-by-step 8. Additional information for databases 1.4 Useful Movement publications The following publications are important complements to these guidelines: ■ ICRC/International Federation, Guidelines for emergency assessment, 2007. ■ International Federation, Food security training modules, 2007. ■ International Federation, What is vulnerability and capacity assessment?, 2006. ■ International Federation, Guidelines for emergency assessment, 2005. ■ International Federation, How to do vulnerability and capacity assessment, 2005. ■ ICRC, ICRC assistance policy, 2004. ■ Maurey, Alain (ICRC), Manuel de nutrition pour l’intervention humanitaire, 2004. ■ International Federation, Project planning process handbook, 2002. ■ International Federation, Better Programming Initiative – Options to improve the impact of programmes, 2002. ■ International Federation, Disaster preparedness training manual, 2001. ■ ICRC, Forum: War, money and survival, 2000. Introduction A.1 9

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