EU's blurry vision for coordinating humanitarian cash

In Tapoa, a region bordering Niger, the European Commission's humanitarian aid department funds NGO Action Contre la Faim to provide health and nutrition care as well as food assistance including cash transfers. Photo by: Anouk Delafortrie / ECHO / CC BY-NC-ND

LONDON — Almost a year after floating a drastic new approach to coordinating humanitarian cash transfers, the European Union’s humanitarian arm ECHO is running a market assessment to find out whether the controversial scheme could work in practice.

Though humanitarian agencies broadly agree that there needs to be more coordination between the dozens of organizations who deliver hundreds of millions of euros of ECHO funding annually in cash transfers, many are already predicting roadblocks in the proposed system.

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    Molly Anders is a U.K. Correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.