Vanuatu Daily Post: Is cash transfer feasible in Vanuatu?
In times of emergency, the use of cash transfer programs has been rapidly used by humanitarian organisations throughout the globe and this has been on the rise. It is now prime time to explore the feasibility of cash transfer in the Pacific. Vanuatu is fortunate to be a pilot site after some attempts in times of recent natural disasters.
However, the speed and effectiveness of cash based responses really depends on the level of preparedness before a time of emergency. Preparedness includes the identification and vetting of financial service providers for cash delivery, staff capacity building, the analysis of supply chains and market trends, the mapping of existing social protection schemes, the raising of awareness and gaining by in from government. This is what will is happening in Vanuatu in between January and September 2018 and will be coordinated by Oxfam in Vanuatu.
In order to better understand the viability, the potential application and scaling of cash transfers in the Vanuatu Context, a Cash Transfer Feasibility Study will be led by Oxfam in close collaboration with Government as a first step to check if Cash Transfers in times of emergency. Vanuatu is fortunate because Vanuatu is undertaking this feasibility study that is the first of its kind in the region, within the first six months of 2018.
With the help of the Australian Government (DFAT), the Australia Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) Disaster Ready Initiative, Oxfam in Vanuatu will be implementing the feasibility study as part of a series of Cash Transfer Program (CTP) preparedness activities in Vanuatu. This program builds on the regional Pacific Cash Preparedness Partnership between Oxfam, Save the Children, and the United Nations World Food Programme which is focussed on conducting a series of feasibility studies across Vanuatu, Fiji and Solomon Islands and is to raise awareness, capacity and expertise in can programming in the Region.
Author: Samuel LJ
Date of Vanuatu Daily Post article: 28 March, 2018
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