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Integration of Early Recovery in Humanitarian Planning and Action

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What are good examples and/or best practices of effective integration of Early Recovety in Humanitarian Planning and Action, and what are the conditions that make for effective integration.

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JahaldeMeritens's picture
Dear Maurice, From the inputs received from the other Global Cluster Coordinators a number of recurrent themes illustrate good practices in Early Recovery integration: * Quick identification of the context-specific recovery needs, then ensuring appropriate technical coordination and capacity available from the global level ( ** Ensuring that basic services are contributing to strengthened resilience and are expandable to meet the needs of displaced and other affected groups in a durable manner *** Taking a cross-cluster approach to livelihood programming, including through increasing use of unconditional cash transfer programming **** Focus on community resilience to respond to recurrent shocks ***** Engaging development actors into the overall coordination as well as integrating preparedness for future emergencies in response action ****** Supporting governments to maintain or re-establish services, including to ensure stability ******* Support governments to deliver quality programmes, integrate and promote international standards and guidelines We can provide you more specific examples for each of these themes if you are interested.
Jahal, Maurice, thanks for this. I would be most grateful for additional wisdom regarding cash transfers. One of the major humanitarian donors is currently having a public debate on the appropriate use of cash transfers in development aid. Critics are are concerned that giving out cash in crises is not the best use of taxpayers’ money. We in the development community are told there is evidence that cash programmes increase efficiency, transparency and accountability – exactly what most donors would want from sustainable foreign aid. But as they challenge the traditional “business model” of development aid and the way that it has has been funded, delivered and organised, this can sometimes seem counter-intuitive to donors. So it would be good to be equipped with some hard evidence and examples which we can use to counter some of these arguments. Many thanks and best regards.
JahaldeMeritens's picture
Dear Kashka, Humanitarian actors are increasingly using cash across all cluster/sector, and cash programming is set to increase in the coming years. Humanitarian organizations can deliver cash directly to beneficiaries, or establish voucher systems. Cash programs can be unconditional with no parameters on usage, or cash can be tied to conditional programming such as debris removal or shelter construction. Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) is increasingly used for humanitarian response with the recognition that CTP can complement the provision of in-kind assistance during emergencies. Provision of cash, when appropriate, empowers the affected population to decide on their own how to meet their own needs using available local resources. From 2009 to 2013, a total of 53 donors were reported to have spent US$692 million on cash transfers to assist disaster affected population worldwide. CTP is increasingly becoming a major modality of humanitarian assistance where there is a functioning local market. You can find out more here: http://earlyrecovery.global/content/cash Best wishes Jahal

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