Multipurpose Cash Assistance
Multipurpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) or Multipurpose Cash Grants (MPGs) are unrestricted cash transfers that people affected by crises can use to cover their basic needs. By its nature, MPCA is the assistance modality which offers people a maximum degree of choice, flexibility and dignity. There is also growing evidence that it is more cost-efficient and cost-effective to meet multiple needs.
But this requires new ways of collaborating between humanitarian actors, at all stages of the program cycle, and across sectors. While solid tools exist to support collaboration, they have not been widely adopted and MPCA is still used in an ad-hoc way. Challenges remain to be addressed if we are to successfully fit MPCA into the humanitarian system.