The increasing popularity of cash-based assistance: Q&A with Max Schott, OCHA Cameroon country director

Cash-based assistance has become the preferred form of humanitarian aid during a crisis. Cash-based aid can appear in the form of paper money, credit cards, gift cards, and now mobile money transfers by phone. In Cameroon, OCHA Country Director Max Schott told Devex that this shift in modality has come with the support of research that indicates that those in need are in the best position to care for themselves and their families during a humanitarian crisis.

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  • Christin Roby

    Christin Roby worked as the West Africa Correspondent for Devex, covering global development trends, health, technology, and policy. Before relocating to West Africa, Christin spent several years working in local newsrooms and earned her master of science in videography and global affairs reporting from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her informed insight into the region stems from her diverse coverage of more than a dozen African nations.