When people are forced to flee their homes, they leave with the bare essentials. They also lose their ability to earn and spend in the process. Our cash-based interventions (CBIs) seek to protect refugees by reducing the risks they face and to maintain their capacity to spend. CBIs can be used in a variety of settings, as long as there is a stable market and a safe way to provide refugees with cash or vouchers. The flexibility that CBIs offer makes them a more dignified form of assistance, giving refugees the ability to immediately prioritise and choose what they need.
Cash-based interventions make the displaced less likely to resort to harmful coping strategies, such as survival sex, child labour, family separation and forced marriage. They also directly benefit the local economy and can contribute to peaceful coexistence with host communities.
At UNHCR, we strive to make the best use of the latest available technologies, such as cash delivery through ATMs, iris scans and the EyeCloud in Jordan. We are also building ever-growing partnerships within the humanitarian community and the private sector.
- UNHCR Strategy for the Institutionalisation of Cash-Based Interventions 2016-2020
- Policy on Cash-Based Interventions
- Cash and Protection
- Multipurpose Cash Grants (MPGs)
- UNHCR Operational Guidelines for Cash-Based Interventions in Displacement Settings
- Video: Multipurpose Cash Grants
- Report: Braving The Cold: Winter cash assistance making a difference to urban refugees in Jordan
- UNHCR Fact Sheet on Cash-Based Assistance
- Cash addendum to UNHCR - WFP MoU
Tools and resources
- Cash Delivery Mechanism Assessment Tool
- Basic Needs Approach in the Refugee Response
- Multi-sector Market Assessment: Companion Guide and Toolkit
- Highlights of the on-going CaLP/UNHCR Review of the Common Cash Facility
- The Common Cash Facility - Partnering for Better Cash Assistance to Refugees in Jordan