Cash Transfers Against Poverty

The cash revolution can no longer be postponed, let’s join forces and make it happen now

agenda September 28, 2020

At the start of September The Spindle, in cooperation with 100WEEKS, hosted a strategic discussion on cash transfers as intervention against poverty in the light of the corona pandemic. With millions set to join the ranks of the global poor due to the economic crisis following in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need to act. More than 70 people joined our webinar to discuss cash transfers as intervention, and we hope that this discussion will serve as a first step towards a joining of forces amongst those active in direct giving. 

Many Perspectives
Over the course of two hours, speakers from 100WEEKSPharmAccessLittleBitzDorcas, and Plan International outlined their different engagement with cash transfer programs and initiatives directed at transferring money or access to services directly to those in need. The speakers list featured a wide array of actors, including developers of platforms enabling cash transfers to take place, practitioners piloting cash transfer programs within their organizations, and organizations already centering their programming around cash transfer methodologies. These different angles lent themselves well to establish a comprehensive view on cash transfers as a method to combat poverty, both now and in the future.

Core Quotes 

  • Jeroen de Lange (100WEEKS) – “Cash changes lives by extending the planning horizon of people living in poverty”
  • Lotte Claessens (Plan International) – “We need to better consult with the people we work for, especially young people”
  • Nico Smith (Dorcas) – “We believe cash alone is not sufficient”
  • Pepijn van Dijk (LittleBitz) – “We need to think more in terms of cooperation”
  • Madelon Cabooter (PharmAccess) – “Digital infrastructure is expensive to develop, easy to scale”

Want to know more?
If you would like to know more we would encourage you to check out the article and extensive summary of this event, published by100WEEKS. The article accompanying this report is in Dutch, but the report itself has been published in English. You can find the report here.

A recording of this event can be found here.

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