Though the corona-epidemic is anything but over, pioneers are already looking beyond. How do we rebuild economies worldwide that have been ravaged by the virus and subsequent lockdown measures? How do we prevent COVID-19 from becoming a driving force behind an unprecedented rise in global inequality? How do we protect quality of life worldwide?
Part of the answer: by giving money to those living in extreme poverty. Direct giving, the simple act of offering money to those in need as a form of aid, was ascendant before the coronavirus hit. Calls for direct monetary assistance have become more common – and more urgent – since. Leading voices, including Nobel Prize winners Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, economist Dambisa Moyo, the UNDP and Dutch government think-tank Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken, have all called for cash transfers to combat the economic fallout of the pandemic.
This is a time for us to work together
Cash transfers serve a humanitarian purpose. They address urgent needs. They can also help micro-businesses survive a crisis or keep people active in the workforce. This means they are an effective way to retain productive capacity in times of crisis. Rich nations, including Hong Kong, the United States and the Netherlands, have responded to the economic downturn by handing out cash to citizens in the wake virus. Poor nations deserve the same swift and effective response. This will only happen if we take action. Many small-scale initiatives are being rolled out at this moment, but we cannot afford to operate independently at a time of such crisis. Now is the time for NGOs actively involved – or even just interested – in cash transfers to come together and join forces: to exchange know-how, ideas and perhaps agree on a common approach towards governments and supranational organisations.
Let’s join forces in the fight against poverty
It is to serve this common interest that The Spindle, as the innovation platform of Partos, is hosting Cash Transfers Against Poverty, a strategic discussion of cash transfers in the light of the corona-epidemic. This webinar will provide those already involved in cash transfers with a platform to share insights and align decision-making, while also providing those new to the field with an introduction to it. Speakers include:
100WEEKS provides unconditional cash and training to women living in extreme poverty. This allows them to leave the struggle for survival behind, invest, and develop sustainable livelihoods. We measure the impact through mobile surveys. 100WEEKS temporary cash for permanent change.
In Kenya, low-income women of reproductive age and their families receive access to social health insurance, directly in their simple mobile phones through the I-push initiative. Women are empowered to seek healthcare and it prevents them from catastrophic health expenditure. It also provides them with the opportunity to co-pay for their insurance and it triggers government funding for the very poor. PharmAccess will explain in their contribution why this is important and how it works.
LittleBitz connects INGO’s to new donors, providing a direct giving platform to donate little bits of cash to people in need. Easy, efficient and effective.
Dorcas includes cash-based assistance in its humanitarian programs in Lebanon, Iraq, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Yemen and until recently also in Eastern Ukraine. The cash assistance is provided holistically (combined with psycho-social and/or legal support) and connected to community-based approaches (saving groups and safety nets). Cash assistance is provided for a limited period of time depending on the need and options for further development.
- Plan International
Plan International promotes cash and voucher assistance in its global humanitarian assistance. There is increasing demand to use CVA modalities in programming with and for adolescents (10-19 years) for example to support unaccompanied minors or adolescents returning from armed groups. In partnership with the Women’s Refugee Commission, Plan International conducted a global review on the effective use of CVA modalities in adolescent-programming.
Join us and be part of a revolution in global aid.
When: September 1st, from 15:00 to 17:00.
Where: The webinar will be hosted on the open-source and secure BigBlueButton Platform.
For whom: Everybody involved in or interested in cash transfers as a way of fighting poverty.