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Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) continues to be an expanding modality for the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the Pacific region. The humanitarian partners have used CVA along with other modalities to support the lives of people affected by disasters due to Its role as an efficient, effective, and flexible mode of addressing the humanitarian needs during all stages of the disaster life cycle have enhanced, while strengthening livelihoods, markets, and local economy or long-terms sustainable results in a dignified way with the inclusion of gender and disabilities mainstreaming and targeted actions. Contributing also to the recovery, resilience, and peacebuilding agendas.

Humanitarian and development agencies have been using cash and voucher assistance as an assistance modality in the Pacific since late 2009. The Regional Cash Working group in the Pacific was established in 2017 as a working group with a term of reference, annual work plan, and secretariat managed by WFP, after being inactive for some time, the PRCWG was re-invigorated in Feb 2021, currently, PRCWG has a full time dedicated PRCWG coordinator deployed by CashCap and hosted by WFP.

The PRCWG endorsed by Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a group for knowledge sharing and dissemination to Pacific development and humanitarian agencies and regional coordination bodies such as the Pacific Humanitarian Team, Regional Inter-Cluster Coordination Group. It also provides the opportunity for regional coordination and harmonisation of approaches used by cash practitioners and Country Cash Working Groups in the Pacific.

The Pacific Regional Cash Working Group (PRCWG) therefore seeks to strengthen collaboration on CVA in both disaster preparedness and response, as well as financial access & inclusion, social protection, and other economic inclusion and/or market-based programming involving the transfer of cash or voucher payments to households. The PRCWG is intended to complement and connect with the in-country formal coordination structures of the Government and the international humanitarian community.

The Pacific Regional Cash working groups focused on 4 core Strategic Objectives: 

  1. SO1: Act as a regional resource base for knowledge sharing, including the curation of existing research and guidance, mapping of stakeholders, capacity and resources, and the launch of capacity building initiatives.
  2. SO2: Grow and establish a regional network of UN, private sector, public sector and non-government stakeholders engaged and interested in cash and voucher assistance, as a means of improving outreach at the regional and global level, encouraging partnerships, communication and cross-regional, cross-sector exchange and learning. 
  3. SO3: Perform a technical advisory function to inform the design and implementation of Cash and Voucher Assistance at the country level.
  4. SO4: Engage in and promote advocacy efforts throughout the Pacific region to raise awareness of, and resources for the use of Cash and Voucher Assistance in pre-and post-disaster contexts.

 

Country Cash Working Groups 

PACIFIC REGION CWG RESPONSE

If you are a donor, INGO, UN agency, National organization, or government office implementing Cash and Voucher Assistance and want to share it with the Pacific cash community of practice contact Ms Jeanette MANI jeanette.mani@wfp.org (Information Management Officer - PRCWG)  

ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL CASH WORKING GROUP DASHBOARD

PRCWG GOVERNANCE AND NATIONAL CASH WORKING GROUPS

The purpose of the Pacific Regional Cash Working Group (PRCWG) is to contribute to improving the quality of humanitarian assistance by influencing cash and voucher assistance (CVA) policy and practice and act as a regional resource base for knowledge sharing, including the curation of existing research and guidance, mapping of stakeholders, capacity and resources, and the launch of capacity building initiatives, grow and establish a regional network of UN, private sector, public sector and non-government stakeholders engaged and interested in cash and voucher assistance. Any public sector organization, donor, UN, CBO, National NGO, International NGO, faith-based organization, private sector entity or academia and research institute engaged in Cash and Voucher Assistance or willing to be engaged in CVA can be a member of PRCWG.

Currently, there are 38 members in PRCWG and Since 2016, the CVA community of practice has formed 4 different national Cash Working Groups in Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands & PNG and 1 CVA Community of Practice in Tonga.

Fiji Cash Working Group (FCWG): The Fiji Cash Working Group is established in 2016 as a technical working group under the umbrella of the Pacific RCWG, the FCWG is chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, whereas its secretariat is provided by World Food Programme. The FCWG has a steering committee chaired by Save the Children, comprise of a DSW representative, NDMO representative, WFP, Save the Children Fiji and FCOSS. The Steering Committee will make the decisions on FCWG annual workplan and activities.

Vanuatu Cash Working Group (VCWG):  The VCWG is established in 2018 as a working group under the umbrella of the NDMO and the Vanuatu Humanitarian Team (VHT), chaired by NDMO and Oxfam, The VCWG links directly and benefits from the support of the Pacific Regional Cash Working Group (PRCWG). The Vanuatu Cash Working Group will have two principal areas of focus in order to capture the needs of all stakeholders:  (1)Development & Design of Cash and Voucher Assistance in Vanuatu and promote learning and (2)Build capacity across government, civil society and humanitarian actors in the adoption and implementation of CVA.

Solomon Islands Cash Working Group (SBCWG): The national Cash Working group in Solomon Islands was established after CVA Feasibility Study developed by CARE, Live & Learn, Oxfam, Save the Children, the World Food Programme (WFP), and World Vision. The SBCWG is currently Chaired by Save the Children.

Papua New Guinea Cash Working Group (PNG-CWG): Papua New Guinea Disaster Management Team with the support of the humanitarian community in Papua new guinea formed the Cash Working Group in 2022. the PNG CWG is a forum of humanitarian and development organizations to discuss technical and operational issues related to CVA professionals dedicated to the collective improvement of the quality of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) in Papua New Guinea. The group will ensure technical, strategic coordination; as well as quality assurance in the design and implementation of CVAs.

Tonga Cash Community of Practice: The Tonga CVA Community of Practice was formed on ad-hoc basis with the support of WFP, ADRA, IOM, IFRC, MORDI, Tonga Red Cross, UNICEF, and Oxfam in 2022, during the HTHH response, the group meets regularly to share operational challenges and mitigation measures, the PRCWG is currently leading the CoP in Tonga

Pacific CVA and Social Protection Videos

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Cash Transfers Fiji

Jerusalema dance challenge

The challenge and opportunity of cash transfers in the Pacific

Cash transfers in Vanuatu

Solomon Islands: Cash for work helps natural disaster recovery

Cash Transfers: Recover Faster From Disaster

Fiji's Social Protection Programme

Cash Transfers in the Pacific Islands

Trialling cash as humanitarian aid - Solomon Islands 

PRCWG Trainer Roster for Cash and Voucher Assistance

Name	Country-based in	Regions available to work in	Courses 	Contact email address Ali Mansoor	Fiji	Pacific Region	CaLP Certified trainer  •	for Core CVA Skills for Programme staff •	for Core CVA Skills for programme staff online version  •	CVA Fundamental

If you are a Cash and Voucher Assistance Trainer and based in the Pacific, please write to us at Ali.Mansoor@wfp.org  

Contacts

CaLP online courses on CVA

Introductory Courses on CVA

The Fundamentals of CVA

Link: https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=496

Introduction to Market Analysis

Link: https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=515

CVA Skills course for Programme Staff

Core CVA Skills for Programme Staff

Link: https://kayaconnect.org/course/view.php?id=2546

CVA and other subjects

CVA training for donor staff

Link: https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=3443

A Practical Guide to Market Analysis

Link: https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=514

CVA and Social Protection – Part 1

Link: https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=493

CVA and Social Protection – Part 2

Link: https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=492

MEB, gap analysis and calculating the transfer value

Link: https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=2615

Why Data Rights Matter

Link: https://kayaconnect.org/course/view.php?id=3015#mymoodle_outertabs_13021