The Cash Based Response Technical Working Group (CBR-TWG) is a forum of technical professionals dedicated to cash based responses in Northern Syria. Established in March 2014, the CBR-TWG was developed out of the rising interest in cash transfer programming. The purpose of the forum is to ensure coordination and quality assurance in the design and implementation of cash based responses in Northern Syria. This includes identifying and agreeing upon best practices in Cash Based Responses as part of the emergency response. It also includes linking relief to early recovery and resilience.
Cash and vouchers used to transfer money are not a program or sector on their own. They are simply a tool that can be used, when appropriate, to meet particular objectives in specific contexts and sectors of response. As with the provision of any commodity or resource, the provision of cash in a humanitarian response is not a strategy or program in itself, but a tool that can be used, when appropriate, to meet particular objectives in specific contexts, sectors and phases of response.
Cash and voucher transfers are used to meet basic food and non-food needs or to purchase assets enabling people to resume economic activity – Sphere Standards 2011.