IRC considers expanding cash transfers beyond goods to services

Women who participated in repairing a road link in Myanmar receive cash grants from International Rescue Committee staff. Photo by: IRC / ECHO / CC BY-ND

WASHINGTON — The International Rescue Committee has been using cash transfers for more than 10 years to help people meet their basic needs of food, water, and housing in emergency or protracted crisis situations. Now, the humanitarian organization is exploring whether cash is a viable replacement for services in addition to in-kind goods.

In 2016, IRC set the goal of 25 percent of in-kind aid to be replaced by cash by 2020. But according to Radha Rajkotia, IRC’s senior technical director of economic recovery and development, the organization had already surpassed the 25 percent benchmark by mid-2018, and is re-evaluating its goals for cash programming.

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