Working Groups: Programming Sectors--Cash-Readiness in The Caribbean: where to start?

A talk by Stephan Kishore, Fernando Suarez, Roxana Trigo, Jennie Trow, Jono Anzalone and Reynette Royer
Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross, Overseas Territories of The Netherlands Red Cross, IFRC, Cash and Learning Partnership - CaLP, IFRC and IFRC

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OVERVIEW: Breakout working group sessions for Cash & Voucher Assistance, Community Engagement and Accountability & Shelter.

TITLE OF CASH AND VOUCHER ASSISTANCE SESSION “Cash-Readiness in The Caribbean: where to start?” This session will focus on the challenges and lessons learned coming from the experience of the National Societies and its partners on the development of institutional capacities to be cash-ready for the aftermath of a disaster or crisis. Challenges and lessons learned coming from the National Societies/Partners on their experience on the strengthening of the NSs operational capacities through trainings for the assessment, design and implementation of cash transfer programs; development of procurement and finance procedures; exploration, negotiation and subscription of contracts with local financial services providers; involvement with the social protection system and other local/international partners implementing cash transfer programs. Collectively trying to identify what worked well and what has to be improved.

PURPOSE: To provide a platform for group discussions related to cash & voucher assistance, community engagement and accountability & shelter.

CVA SESSION: “Cash-Readiness in The Caribbean: where to start?” Objectives • Sharing of good practices and challenges on institutional preparedness of NSs to get cash-ready. • Enable information to NSs on similar experiences on how to embark in such initiatives. Expected outcomes • Proposal of practical ideas (checklist, working group, data repository, etc.); for NSs to get prepared and be cash-ready before a disaster or crisis.

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