CARE Cash and Voucher Playbook
A substantial body of evidence shows that giving vulnerable people money instead of in kind assistance allows them to meet a variety of needs while making aid budgets go further. Today, 130 low and middle income countries implement at least one unconditional cash transfer program as part of its safety net. Its use in humanitarian settings is no longer an innovation, but a strongly evidenced reality.
CARE already knows that when markets are functional, and money is the most appropriate way to fulfill an identified need, cash programming can provide real choice and true empowerment to achieve humanitarian and development outcomes. In 2018, CARE reached 2.6 million people with cash and vouchers in 28 countries across humanitarian and development contexts.