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Doing Cash Differently: How Cash Transfers Can Transform Humanitarian Aid

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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Featuring

Owen Barder
Director of CGD Europe and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development and Chair, High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers

Dina Esposito
Director of Food for Peace, U.S. Agency for International Development

Radha Rajkotia
Senior Director for Economic Programs, International Rescue Committee

Sarah Bailey
Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute

Satwik Seshasai
Chief Technology Officer, Segovia

Host

Rajesh Mirchandani
Senior Director for Communications and Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development

What is the best way to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable?

The current humanitarian aid system - based around the delivery of physical supplies to those in need - is in dire need of change to reflect a simple reality: more people are in need and for longer. Evidence points to how aid given as cash can be more efficient, more transparent and better for recipients than traditional aid-in-kind. But cash and vouchers remain just 6% of all humanitarian aid.

This event takes as its starting point the new CGD and ODI report by the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers ‘Doing Cash Differently: How Cash Transfers Can Transform Humanitarian Aid’. It will ask provocative questions: why is it taking so long to move towards a more cash-based system? What are the innovations needed in scaling up cash on the ground? What role can private sector companies play? How will cash impact aid agencies?

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Please arrive early to secure your seat.

Monday, November 9
10:00 - 11:30 a.m