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Geneva-based Cash Working Group

The GbCWG connects cash and voucher actors at the Geneva level to support higher quality programming, foster collaboration and increase accountability and support to field colleagues.

Background and purpose

The Geneva-based Cash Working Group (GbCWG) was initially formed by practitioners in 2013 and led by ICRC and the CALP Network. The group transitioned in 2015 following a request from ICRC for OCHA and the CALP Network to lead the cash working group. They continue to co-chair this group for 2019.

The GbCWG is a platform for humanitarian actors to collaborate and address key issues related to cash and voucher assistance. It facilitates inter-actor exchange on: cash policy (Grand Bargain, donor coordination), operations (tools, best practices), knowledge (training opportunities, planned research) and information (between members and between the GBCWG and national and regional CWGs). The group will share information on key cash-related developments and map and harmonize members’ ongoing work, including bringing together the clusters’/ sectors’ work on cash. It will identify and disseminate best practice with the objective to inform global and field-level work. The GbCWG seeks to link global cash initiatives and actors more systematically with evidence from and best practice in the field and the broader humanitarian system. It will also collaborate and add value to other global level cash initiatives as required. The GbCWG’s members will maintain an up-to-date page on the CALP Network website including meeting minutes, a forward cash calendar, a mapping of cash working groups (linked to and summaries of clusters’ work on cash.

The GbCWG is open to all interested organisations who are engaged in cash and voucher assistance.

Principles and approach

The GbCWG will be:

  • results oriented and output driven, will ensure each meeting has an identified issue to discuss and an expected output is produced;
  • proactively inclusive to ensure the group continues to represent the growing group of stakeholders; and
  • propositional and transparent with a goal to provide added value to the humanitarian community. This includes the public dissemination of outputs and may include sharing recommendations to IASC and other stakeholders.

For more information about the Geneva based Cash Working Group, and to be added to the mailing list, please contact Sophie Tholstrup at the CALP Network’s Geneva-based office at