2:00—3:30 PM
203 Blackfriars Road
London , SE1 8NJ

How Cash Transfers Can Transform Humanitarian Aid


David Miliband – President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (via video-link)
Owen Barder – Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and chair of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers
Degan Ali – Executive Director of Adeso
Michael Faye – Co-founder and Executive Chairman of GiveDirectly and CEO and co-founder of Segovia Technology, member of the High Level Panel
Claus Sørensen – Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), member of the High Level Panel


Rajesh Mirchandani – Senior Director of Communications and Policy Outreach at the Center for Global Development

The humanitarian aid system is under severe strain. New approaches are needed to protect the lives and dignity of those affected and to ensure aid is spent as effectively as possible.

Evidence shows that unconditional cash transfers can be more efficient, more transparent, more accountable and better for recipients than in kind aid. Moving to a coordinated system of cash transfers is also an opportunity for broader reform of the humanitarian system. But cash and vouchers remain just 6% of all humanitarian aid.

Why is it taking so long to move towards a more cash-based system? What are the barriers to scaling up the use of cash transfers and how can these be overcome? What role can the private sector play?

With short talks by leading thinkers and experts, this event will seek to chart out a path for scaling up humanitarian cash transfers in the future. It launches a new ODI report by a high level panel of experts, commissioned by the UK’s Department for International Development.

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