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Objective, Membership and Structure

The goal of the Somalia Cash Working group (CWG) is to lead an effective inter-sectoral cash coordination mechanism. The CWG aims at improving the coordination of cash assistance, quality of implementation of cash assistance and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, as well as ensuring a systematic and evidence based cash and market programming for humanitarian and longer term planning for the Somalia Response.  The CWG is guided by a TOR and a yearly workplan.

Membership :The CWG is an inclusive platform for partners responding to the protracted crisis in Somalia. Current membership includes: local NGOs, International NGOs and institutions, UN agencies, the inter cluster coordination group, donor agencies, consortiums, federal government of Somalia (MoLSA, MoPIED, MoHADM), government authorities like the Banadir Regional Administration (BRA) and supporting groups which include CaLP, FEWSNET, FSNAU and REACH.

Ways of working : To structure the workload and utilize member capacities, the CWG works through sub-national working groups and through thematic work-streams. CWG meetings are held on a monthly basis and adhoc as needed. 


Sub-National Cash Working Groups

With an aim of strengthening local coordination of CVA and for more contextualised and detailed discussions on CVA, the Somalia CWG works through 5 subnational cash working groups which represent the 18 regions of Somalia. These are:

  1. Baidoa (Bay, Bakool, Lower Juba, Gedo and Middle Juba)
  2. Galmudug (Hiraan, Galgaduud, Mudug)
  3. Mogadishu (Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, Banaadir)
  4. Puntland (Nugaal, Bari)
  5. Somaliland (Sool, Sanaag, Woqooyi Galbeed, Awdal and Togdheer).


Somalia Cash Working Group contacts

CWG Co-chairs

Mary Karanja -

Kaitlyn Scott -

CWG Information Management

Vanessa Topp;

Other key contacts

Somalia CWG Workstream leads contact list

Sub National CWG Chairs contact list




Somalia Cash Working Group Workstreams

  • The Market analysis workstream tasked to produce market analysis and guidance to the CWG.
  • The Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability to Affected Populations (MEAPP) workstream provides technical guidance on monitoring and evaluation of CVA in Somalia. 
  • The Financial Service Providers (FSP) workstream has an objective of improving the systems and processes of humanitarian mobile money cash transfers in Somalia; benefiting programme participants, implementing agencies and mobile network operators. Somalia CWG FSP Workstream ongoing work 2020
  • Cash for Work/ Cash for Assets workstream supports the CWG in rendering the conditionality of Cash for Work (CfW) or Cash for Assets (CfA) more transparent.
  • The Cash and Protection Intergency workstream ensures the cash response is delivered in a safe and accountable manner.


Mapping of Cash and Voucher Assistance in Somalia

On a monthly basis, the Somalia CWG maps the use of cash in different clusters (sectoral cash) and also maps cash transfers designed to address multiple needs (Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance).

Multi Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) 3Ws reporting template

Multi Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) 3Ws reporting_ Clarifications and Instructions

Sectoral/Cluster Cash 4Ws reporting template

Somalia CWG Sectoral/cluster Cash 3W reporting Guidance

The mapping for sectoral and multi purpose cash by partner and geographical locations can be viewed here -